Barnesville educators attend state active shooter training

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School safety continues to be at the forefront of educator’s minds.

Barnesville administrators recently attended Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s first regional “Active Shooter Training for Educators” class taught last week in Columbus and the elementary school is one of 19 public and private elementary schools to receive a donation of emergency preparedness systems from New Philadelphia, Ohio company Lauren Innovations, an Ohio Company, will announce the donation of emergency preparedness systems to 19 public and private elementary schools located in and around its hometown of New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Two training sessions were held at the Education Service Center of Central Ohio, where Attorney General DeWine addressed participants.

Barnesville Exempted Village School District Superintendent Randy Lucas, who attended the sessions with all three building principals, said the training was two-fold. Educators were taught to recognize risk factors in troubled students and other ways to be proactive in preventing school violence, as well as what to do if an active shooter is in the school.

“It was a good, informative meeting,” Lucas said.

The training was also designed to help educators and law enforcement work together to formulate a coordinated response plan.

In a released statement DeWine said, “In terms of student and teacher safety, our educators are the first responders.”

Approximately 200 educators and 60 law enforcement officers registered to attend the training sessions offered by the Attorney General’s Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and the Ohio Department of Education,

Preparations for the course began after last year’s school shooting in Chardon, Ohio; however demand for the training increased significantly after December’s shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

Eight additional regional courses are scheduled in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo and the Athens area. The courses do not include firearm training.

The emergency preparedness systems are being donated to all elementary schools served by the East Central Ohio Education Service Center.

According to a release from Lauren Innovations, the system, designed to speed response time, gives First Responders immediate, eyes-on access to building floor plans, video feeds from building cameras, call lists, emergency protocols and other critical information. It is a proven emergency response solution for more than 1,100 buildings at universities, health care institutions, shopping malls and business environments across the country and abroad. Built upon the technology of its commercial product, the system has been customized to fit the needs, and the budgets, of K-12 schools.”

Lucas said the system will be free for the first year and a fee will be required to maintain it after that.

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