PSP releases comprehensive school safety report

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 19, 2013 2:37 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A new State Police report is designed to serve as a guidebook for school safety in the commonwealth. It was published roughly one year after a gunman murdered 26 students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The 28-page document is meant to serve as a blueprint for administrators and staff, to help them evaluate existing emergency plans. It details various lockdown and evacuation procedures depending on the nature of a threat.

State Police Spokesman Trooper Adam Reed says it also stresses the importance of reunification plans.

"Reunification is something that happens after the emergency is over with,” he says. “The scene is going to be chaotic and you’re going to have worried parents, worried students and concerned staff. So having some sort of reunification plan in place goes a long way.”

The report details the suggested roles and responsibilities of staff, access controls and communications strategies. Reed says many schools already have the recommendations in place.

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