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Sioux Falls School Officials Discuss Safety

December 14, 2012, 5:03 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Sioux Falls School Officials Discuss Safety

It's something no one wants to think about, an armed individual walking into a school and taking innocent lives.

After Friday's senseless violence, parents across the nation are thinking about safety in their own schools. Sioux Falls School District Risk Manager Robert Braye says even though we live in a low crime rate area, we still need to be prepared.

"We are not immune. Clearly that can happen anywhere at any time, so it's absolutely imperative that we're well prepared as best as we possibly can for these types of scenarios," Braye said.

The school district has practice drills already in place for students and faculty to be prepared for instances like these.

"We conduct table top exercises with staff so they know how internally they would respond from a management perspective," Braye said. "And periodically we conduct functional drills as well. Where we literally lock down the classrooms or conduct evacuations of the school to alternate locations. So that everyone, to use the terminology, we train the way we fight."

Coincidentally, the district just held a meeting Thursday on their safety measures. Braye says instances like these require as much preparation as possible, because they usually come with no warning at all.

"As much as we can as an institution prepare our facilities and establish programs and procedures, there is that human factor that we may not be able to control," Braye said.

Braye says there is a notification system in place at area schools to let parents know if a situation like this were to happen. He also said they rely heavily on the media to relay information to the public.




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