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TPS considers changes to safety procedures

TPS Assistant Superintendent Brian Murphy TPS Assistant Superintendent Brian Murphy
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Toledo Public Schools board is standing behind a proposal to adopt the ALICE training for the district's security procedures.

School Board President Brenda Hill said the board is open to adopting the program, and that safety is their number one priority.

With over 30,000 students and nearly 50 buildings in TPS, having the proper safety procedures in place is very important.

Since the recent incident involving a loaded handgun being brought into Raymer Elementary in a student's coat pocket, the re-evaluation of security procedures within the district has new urgency.

"I think parents want to know that the district is currently looking at our procedures," said Brian Murphy, TPS assistant superintendent. "We're reviewing crisis plans right now across the district, in addition to looking at the ALICE program."

Murphy said they are reviewing the program and will most likely adopt ALICE across the district, but it still has to be discussed with board members and administration before it can be voted on.

In the meantime, the district will continue to keep students and staff safe through communication and education on current procedures.

"We need to communicate with our kids as best as we can," Murphy said. "Typically in situations like this, there's signs that are given to our teachers and given to our administrators, and we need to make sure that when things like that are reported to us, we look into situations and we take proactive measures to ensure that weapons don't make it into our schools."

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