Making Schools Safer

Jul 9, 2013

The Obama Administration has released new advice about school safety procedures in the wake of the mass shooting at Newtown Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The "Guide for Developing High-Qaulity School Emergency Operations Plans" may provide guidance for Rhode Island school officials, who are now  required to submit emergency plans to state officials, under a recently passed state law. The measure raised some controversy because it allows school committees to discuss safety procedures in closed-door sessions and keep details of the plans secret.

The guidance from the federal government is also raising some eyebrows, according to Education Week, because it suggests that school personnel attempt to fight back against an active shooter if there is no better option.