Active shooter drill for New Ken-Arnold School District staff ahead of first day

September 7, 2018

New Kensington-Arnold School District offices will be closed all day Tuesday because all employees will be involved in Active Shooter Response Training, according to a notification on the district’s website.

The training will take place both Tuesday and Wednesday, the notification said. District and all school offices will be closed all day Tuesday, and secretaries will not be available until after noon on Wednesday.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” the notification said. “If you need to register a student, please plan accordingly.”

The district’s first day of school is Thursday.

Superintendent John Pallone said the training teaches employees what to look for and how to respond to active shooter situations.

Pallone said the district hasn’t had any credible threats in the last 5 or 6 years, but he doesn’t want to wait until an incident occurs to try and be preventative. He said the district has a “very tight security initiative in place” and this is just one more layer to ensure the safety of students, staff and visitors.

“We just think it’s proactive,” Pallone said. “The district did an active shooter training maybe eight or ten years ago. It’s been a while, and it’s time just to refresh everybody’s alert system to make sure that we have current protocol in place, to make sure that everybody’s aware and alert about what some of the conditions are.”

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