Panel seeks feedback on school safety recommendations

March 25, 2019

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A panel formed to help find ways to reduce violence and keep kids safe in Vermont schools is holding an open meeting to gather feedback on its recommendations.

The meeting takes place Monday evening in Newport at the Emory Hebard Building.

Among its 52 suggestions, the Governor’s Community Violence Prevention Task Force suggests that schools be required to do other active shooter response drills beyond the traditional lockdown. It also recommends providing talking points for schools to use to limit the possible trauma related to these drills.

It advises the state to continue to reinforce the Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign through community awareness and training programs.

A working draft of the recommendations is available online.

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