In light of a recent rash of fatal shootings at schools throughout the country, we were glad to see the issue of school safety come up at a Clinton School District committee of the whole meeting on Monday.

Though it’s good to discuss the topic now, we must not forget that Clinton has been at the forefront of taking matters to protect its students and staff from intruders, long before such policies and procedures became the norm state- and nationwide.

It’s a good thing Clinton got a head start, too, because anti-intruder measures are more complicated to enforce in older schools. Take Clinton High, for example, which is the conglomeration of two buildings, one more than 80 years old and the other coming up on 40. Both were built with convenience in mind, not safety. There’s parking lots on either side and literally dozens of ways in and out of the building.

New construction, such as Jefferson Elementary School and the new north-end elementary, takes modern safety concerns into account. At old buildings, even those that have been remodeled, the staff must adapt as best as possible.

No matter how old or new the school building is, however, the key element is the human element. Students need to be educated about how to use their identification badges and how to react to unfamiliar people. Staff members need to adhere to a strict protocol to ensure all visitors are treated the same way. And parents must realize that safety measures — while sometimes inconvenient — are in place for very good reasons.

Could more steps be taken? Surely. Will safety ever be guaranteed? Never. But our district appears to be ever striving toward that ideal. While it won’t be reached, each new reasonable measure put in place will help all of us feel safer about our schools, the students we send there and the adults who watch over them.

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