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."