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April 23, 2013

Keeping watch: School district leaders hear safety report

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Building safety audits are performed almost daily by the school resource officers in the buildings throughout the District, Lorenzen said.

“I do safety audits within the building simply just by walking around, checking the exterior, interior, ingress, egress parts, those primary locations just to make sure everything’s secured,” Lorenzen said.

That information is then fed to the building administrator, then to the Safety Committee, which meets three to four times a year. The group consists of representatives from District administration, the Clinton Police Department, Clinton Fire Department, Clinton County Emergency Management, plant services, the school nurse and the IT department.

Safety audits have also been performed by the Office of Homeland Security, which made some recommendations as to how the district can increase safety. The Clinton County Emergency Management Director also made suggestions for the district following a tornado drill.

Bloom pointed out the district has a crisis procedure manual near every phone in every building. The district also has procedures in place to reunite parents and students in the case where a school is evacuated.

He said the information presented to board members was part of an ongoing process of improving the district’s safety procedures.

“I just wanted to give you an idea of the things that go on yearly to ensure that we have a process to discuss and that we are trying to be on the very proactive cutting edge of keeping our kids and our staff safe,” Bloom said.

One of the areas the district continues to work on is what a staff member, student or parent should do if they are in the building, but not in a classroom when the school goes into lock down.

“We’re giving them the tools to find the nearest room, identify yourself and get in,” Bloom said.

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