Keeping kids safe in school

Visitor registration form at Godwin Elementary School.
Visitor registration form at Godwin Elementary School.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) In light of the tragedies in Kalamazoo, parents and kids are concerned. Parents usually think of their children first after random acts of violence and what is being done to keep them safe when they are away from home.

Jason Russell, Independent Consultant to Kent Intermediate School District, says there has been a dramatic increase in preparedness in schools in recent years. Many schools take a look at how prepared they are and take steps to train for emergencies.

One of those schools is West Godwin Elementary School. They have procedures in place to make sure kids are safe, such as surveillance cameras, buzzers, and visitor registration and badges. They also practice those procedures throughout the year with security teams.

Russell says the best thing parents can do when it comes to school safety is to ask questions, get to know the school’s plan and training, and understand the steps they take to ensure children’s safety.

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