Session notes: School security standards updated

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School security safety standards created after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School have been updated by state officials to ensure that experts provide feedback on fire and safety drills each year and that plans are in place for recovery from an emergency.

“The feedback is critical to maintaining and enhancing your school’s preparedness,” read the updated standards. They clarify that local police and public safety officials must review a sample of drills, not just the plans.

In addition, the new standards emphasize planning for the aftermath of a crisis, including family reunification and accounting for all persons.

“It is important for the plan to provide guidance on recovery from any emergency incident,” the updated standards say.

Legislation passed in 2013 requires that every school board implement safety and security plans that align with the standards, which are created by the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.