PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State education and police officials are working together on a model school safety plan that Rhode Island school districts could put in place in efforts to protect students as best as they can from violence like the Connecticut school shootings.
State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist told the state Senate Committee on Education on Tuesday that she’s confident Rhode Island’s schools are safe. She says she isn’t sure a statewide law that mandates school safety measures is needed, but officials are developing a plan schools can follow.
State police Col. Steven O'Donnell said troopers are also working with school staff on active shooter scenarios.
School and police officials say the model school safety plan will be based on best practices used across the country.