Mississippi Department of Education reviewing school safety

The Mississippi Department of Education is reviewing its safety policies and training requirements in light of this month’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Shane McNeil, director of Safe and Orderly Schools at MDE, said on Friday the state department is in the process of determining any changes that need to be made.

“The Mississippi Department of Education is currently reviewing policies and training requirements related to school safety to enhance current efforts, as necessary, to ensure every child remains safe during the school day,” McNeil said in an email conversation.

“MDE employees conduct monitoring visits at schools to ensure compliance with existing policy and standards, including the use of emergency drills. We also continue to provide training and technical assistance to local school districts that is designed to promote the development of sound policies to support a safe environment that is conducive to learning.”

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