One of the nice things about the small town in which I live is a very proactive school district that keeps the community informed about what’s going on.
I recently received a newsletter describing the steps the district have already taken and plan on taking in the near future. It probably helps that there are only around 500 students total, K-12.
Currently, all visitors are screened for criminal history.
Fire, tornado, and evacuation drills are performed throughout the year. I was particularly impressed by the claim that all 500-ish students were loaded onto buses withing five minutes.
School facilities and buses are already equipped with video systems. The buses are also equipped with GPS systems.
An armed, certified Peace Officer on campus – I know this fellow, he was previously one of the County Constables.
Multiple anti-bullying programs to – if I’m reading between the lines correctly – help reduce the likelihood of a Columbine style incident.
Emergency two-way radios for staff and bus drivers.
Classroom doors that can be locked from the inside.
Planned improvements include Increased perimeter security such as electronically locked exterior doors, improved fencing, and bulletproof glass in entry areas.