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Deadly Shooting Puts Focus on School Safety

​​Photo of people discussing getting home safe after drinking.Minnesota school safety protocols are taking center stage following the deadly shooting at a high school in Florida. 

The Minnesota School Safety Center (MnSSC) conducts an average of 200 training sessions at districts around the state every year. From public, to private, to charter, and tribal schools, the MnSSC meets with administrators, educators and first responders to advise schools on a 360-degree, multifaceted approach to school safety.

This includes providing recommendations for: school safety assessments;  threat assessments, which identify behavioral clues and red flags; violent intruder response; access controls, which scrutinize the a schools access points; and de-escalation strategies for threats. In addition, the MnSSC provides guidance to districts when developing their emergency operations plans, which are required by state law. Schools must also conduct five lockdown drills, five fire drills and one severe weather drill per year. 

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