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Reedsburg school board approves safety plans

January 8, 2019
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The Reedsburg Board of Education approved an update of school safety plans at its Dec. 19 meeting.

The School District of Reedsburg approved updated safety plans as a requirement by the Department of Justice.

When the board went into closed session during its meeting Dec. 19, it discussed and approved updated school safety plans that Benson said are “designed to add an another layer of safety” and “identify certain protocol” for response to certain emergency situations to each of the districts school buildings.

Benson said while the district has had certain procedures to address safety issues the updated plans are “much more robust as a result of a requirement by the government that we do so.”

“It would give the kinds of guidelines that we need that provide for us maintaining a safe environment in our schools,” he said.

Benson said developing the plans is in response to a $154,871 grant the district was awarded in September from the Department of Justice.

Enacted earlier this year, the state passed 2017 Wisconsin Act 143 that requires public and private schools to submit school safety and training plans to local law enforcement and the state’s Office of School Safety by Jan. 1, 2019. According to the Department of Justice website, part of the protocol is to have the school board review and approve a school safety plan and review a written evaluation of school violence drills.

More information on the Office of School Safety and additional requirements from the state can be found at www.doj.state.wi.us/office-school-safety/office-school-safety.

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