State law requires schools to annually update and identify appropriate safety strategies, programs and procedures in the event of an emergency or disaster.
The revisions also take into account the recent attacks on schools with firearms.
“There is a specific part in the plan that deals with an armed assault,” Tabarez said. “It has been there for several years and we have to continually look at it to make sure it is up to date.”
In addition to revising its safety plan, the district also re-evaluated the security of its schools after the shooting tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14.
“We took a precautionary look at each of the schools and decided we could do a better job of securing an area at (Imperial High School).”
Before the update, a side gate that was once open to the public at Imperial High has now been extended and remains closed during school hours.
“We used to keep it open because students would walk through there during passing period,” Tabarez said. “But we need to do whatever we can to create a better and safer environment for our students.”
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