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Schroeder speaks about incident

Friday, October 17, 2008

Clay Community School Corporation Superintendent Dan Schroeder wants parents to know the corporation is taking every means necessary to keep students safe.

"There are some anniversaries you like to remember and some you don't," Schroeder recently told The Brazil Times about the shooting incident at Van Buren Elementary. "(Oct. 18, 2007) is an uneasy one to remember for a lot of people."

Although there was Indiana Department of Education approved safety procedures at all facilities in the corporation, Schroeder said administrative personnel wasted no time reviewing and implementing new procedures to keep students and staff members safe.

"We continued with our school safety committees, reviewed and revised our school safety plan of action and included new safety features in the building project," Schroeder said. "We also developed two new lock-down codes, a yellow and a red, and notified parents about the new procedures."

Schroeder said the corporation arranged for HI-99 radio station to provide a text/e-mail messaging service to parents who wanted to sign up to receive up-to-date school information as it becomes available on their cell phones or computers.

Emergency drills are practiced on a regular basis throughout the corporation.

New locks and cameras were installed and a new school emergency number for parents and guardians to use during emergencies was also created.

Although it was planned before the shooting incident, Schroeder said staff members' interest and participation in an Active Shooter Program became more crucial.

Staff members and teachers participate routinely in safety workshops and seminars.

While the IDOE requires school corporations to have at least one school safety specialist, Schroeder said all principals and several administrative staff members have and continue to be trained to handle emergency incidents like the 2007 school shooting.

"There were a lot of safety measures in place prior to the shooting incident, and we've worked harder during the past year to find more ways to ensure the safety of our students," Schroeder said. "The safety of our students and staff members is, and always will be, vital."

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i think i number for the parents to call if there is an emerency like that is good. God forbid we have anymore. We were very lucky . So do we have special number in casse of emerengy for all schools?

-- Posted by kd323 on Sat, Oct 18, 2008, at 7:28 AM

I would like to know where all of the camera's were installed. I do know that at NHS AND NCMS received cameras. I sure haven't seen any camera's at the elementary that my child attends. I have spoken to other parents with children in the corporation and they have stated that there are no camera's at their children's schools either. Where did he get his information for that part of the article? The number that you are referring to was sent home to all of the parents and you also have the option of have a text message sent to you phone. That information was also sent home to the parents as part of a newsletter from their school.

-- Posted by kibbemi on Sat, Oct 18, 2008, at 2:52 PM

Please tell me what good cameras will do in an incident like this? All cameras do is record something that is already happening.

Making sure the school has procedures in place to deal with incidents is much more critical, as well as policies about who can come into the school(access control). Cameras cost THOUSANDS of dollars and have NEVER prevented a school shooting. If you want proof, just check on youtube and you can watch some of the Columbine shooting as well as the Cleveland shooting as they happened. Yes - the film helps with investigation afterwards... but that is all.

Money to spend on school safety is limited and it is important that schools think things through rather than let a "Security Consultant" sell them expensive equipment that will not increase the safety of students.

This week is National School Safety Week. Please review the information at the National School Safety Center to learn how best to keep schools safe! http://www.schoolsafety.us/Safe-Schools-...

-- Posted by catoohey on Sat, Oct 18, 2008, at 5:06 PM

My questions is there is usally a set of doors near the school office. Why not just lock all doors & have a door bell the secerarty's can go & unlock the doors rather than spending thousands on cameras

-- Posted by kd323 on Sun, Oct 19, 2008, at 5:01 PM

I think if you will check with the school improvement plan that is going to be put into place soon, you will see that there are several new security features to be added at ALL schools

-- Posted by sassypants on Mon, Oct 20, 2008, at 1:17 PM

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