School Security Plan Given to State Board of Education

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By Ellis Eskew

State School Superintendent Tommy Bice lays out his safety plans for schools across the state at Thursday's state Board of Education meeting.

It's an extensive plan, tailored for each of Alabama's 1500 schools.

Each school has a 3-D map on-line called "Virtual Alabama." And faculty and staff are able to access it along with their local law enforcement and emergency responders.

 "We are currently, as we speak, doing an analysis of every school system based on our school safety plan and what they do and don't have to make sure that plan is operational," said Bice.

First responders use the GPS-like device to know exactly where to go when a crisis happens, whether its a weather disaster or intruder in the school.

The bad news is that federal funds are running out this year for the Virtual Alabama program. And money for the schools will have to come from somewhere else in the budget.

That's why Bice says it's especially important to identify the specific needs of each school.

"We may end up, and I feel certain that we will, with some school systems that don't have a need where we may have some that have expansive needs, so being strategic is more important in a time when we have limited resources," said Bice.

Bice says the state Department of Homeland Security will be offering teachers training on how to deal with active-shooter situations within the next month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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