More than a year after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut, Rhode Island officials have offered a blueprint for increasing school security. The "Model School Safety Plan" is a lengthy report, intended to guide districts updating their security plans, under a new state law.
I confess, I have yet to wade through the 300-pages of recommendations in the report. It is meant to serve as a model that school districts can adapt for their own use.
The Rhode Island Department of Education has been reviewing school safety plans, which they are now required to receive annually from each district. RIDE officials tell me the quality of the procedures varies widely by district.