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Pine-Richland School District working with police to update emergency plan

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Pine-Richland School District is looking to update its emergency operations plan and hire a new safety and security coordinator.

Superintendent Brian Miller said at a committee meeting earlier in the month that the district was beginning to update the emergency operations plan, which would be revealed later in the year.

Miller said the district has been working with Northern Tier Regional police to develop the best practices.

Emergency planning has gone from monthly fire drills to include severe weather drills and lockdown drills.

One of the features of the plan is a quick reference guide on security procedures for teachers and other staff. The guide will allow teachers, staff and substitutes to identify responsibility in any given situation.

“When it comes to emergency response, we know that it goes beyond physical security, badges and exterior doors. Also important is the behavior and habits that exist in buildings by staff, procedures in place with parents and outside groups,” Miller said.

The superintendent said parents should expect more communication about the plan as it develops.

Administrators also began looking at reassessing the role of safety and security coordinator in the district after Kurt Reuter, former safety and security coordinator for the district, resigned in June.

They hope to expand the role to have more of a district-wide responsibility, rather than just at the secondary campus, as it had been in the past.

“We took that resignation as an opportunity to revisit what we want in that position,” Miller said. “We're looking at how to address a district wide approach.”

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or rfarkas@tribweb.com.

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