School administrators examining safety procedures

Niki WolfeNewcomerstown News Published:

With the recent mass shooting of an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., administrators in the Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District are re-examining procedures to ensure the safety of the students and staff in each of the school buildings.

Administrators met last Monday to discuss the safety procedures already implemented in the school district but also discussed the ways in which they can improve.

There are already several key safety procedures that are already in place such as "Yellow Door" and "Red Door" warnings that students and staff know what is to be expected of them when the alarm is sounded.

"We want to reassure parents that to the best of our ability, our kids are safe," Superintendent Jeff Staggs said.

He said the evacuation drills and safety warnings are practiced routinely by students and staff, alike.

Staggs said a group of concerned parents have requested safety meetings with administrators to discuss such items. He said he welcomes comments and concerns from parents.

"We want to look at these suggestions (from parents) and make it (the schools) safer," he said.

In the future, the school district plans on having a mass email list to parents and community members to better communicate things/programs/ideas in the district. Staggs said that he believes the majority of parents have access to email, and it would be much easier and efficient to email them rather than send out a letter in students' backpacks.

"We are going to do everything in our power to keep our kids as safe as possible," Staggs said.

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