East Allen County Schools focus on safety

East Allen County Schools wants parents to know they're focused on their student's safety.

Posted: Mar. 7, 2018 10:16 PM
Updated: Mar. 8, 2018 8:51 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- East Allen County Schools wants parents to know they're focused on their student's safety. All week the school district has held meetings to share safety protocols with parents.

"We've thought through certain situations, and we're prepared to react to those," said EACS Superintendent Marilyn Hissong.

Hissong says each school has secure entrances, and school resource officers.

"Our biggest asset at this point is law enforcement. They have come along side us at every turn."

"Why can't we get metal detectors? The kids and everybody enters and exits through one door," parent Rachelle Hammond.

Hammond says ever since the deadly school shooting in Florida, her kids have been nervous.

"My kids have been very scared and they've done some drills at New Haven High School and I guess my biggest concern is why each classroom seems to be doing a different protocol."

EACS says the protocol they will use is called ALICE. It's an acronym for Alert, Lock down, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate, and it doesn't have to be in the order depending on the situation.

"Try to stay involved with the kids and making sure they're aware of how to do the drill," said Hammond.

Hissong says the district will always look for ways to better serve the parents and student's safety.

"We take it seriously when there are threats and we investigate."

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