Plainville schools to review safety protocols following Florida shooting

Plainville schools to review safety protocols following Florida shooting

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PLAINVILLE — The district is reviewing safety and security protocols following last week’s shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

Plainville High School Principal Roberto Medic sent a letter Thursday to students, parents and faculty addressing school safety, including monthly drills.

“I write to share with you the measures we take, and will take to ensure the safety of those on our campus,” he said. “Following each drill we will meet to review how the drill progressed, and will use any new learnings to continually update and ensure that we practice our drill with precisions, effectiveness, and without incident.”

His letter comes a week after Superintendent of Schools Maureen Brummett sent a letter about school security measures following the shooting in Florida, which killed 17 students and teachers.

“I wish this letter could definitively state that this would never happen here, but in Connecticut we know better than that...I give you my commitment that we are doing everything we can to make sure that your children and our staff are safe while in our schools,” Brummett said.

The administrators said they will be meeting with public safety officials and school staff in the next few weeks to further review safety and security protocols.

“This has really been something we’ve been working on since Columbine,” said Police Chief Matthew Catania, referencing the 1999 high school shooting in Columbine, Colorado.

After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in 2012, protocols became even more advanced.

Catania said the department works with the schools continuously to prepare for and prevent emergencies.

Town schools do not have a dedicated police officer, also called a school resource officer.

“I endorse it and I support the concept,” Catania said.

On Feb. 12, he made a presentation to the education board on a proposal to add a school resource officer. The board ultimately adopted a budget that did not include the officer.

Brummett said in the wake of the Florida shooting she is continuing discussions with town officials on the need for a school resource officer.
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