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Karazsia explains school's lockdown procedures

Monday, February 4, 2013

Linton-Stockton Schools were in lockdown mode Monday due to a potential threat, and some parents are concerned about what this means for their students.

Linton-Stockton School Corporation Superintendent Nick Karazsia said the lockdown procedures are specifically outlined as part of the safety plan put in place by school officials and law enforcement officers.

Karazsia said the school has the exterior doors locked daily in order to protect students and staff. In order to gain access, a person has to be let in by someone in the office after identifying themselves.

The lockdown procedure takes that precaution a step further by also locking the interior doors of the classrooms.

"This keeps it (the school) more secure, so if for some reason there was a situation, it would make it more difficult to get into the classrooms where the students are," Karazsia explained.

Karazsia added the lockdown decreases the foot traffic through the school by ensuring students are in the classrooms at all times.

"We restrict movement within the building as much as possible, and we keep an extra eye out," Karazsia said, noting if there is an emergency and students need to leave the classroom to go to the nurse, for example, they are escorted.

Usually during lockdowns there is an increased police presence for added security to ensure student safety.

Karazsia stressed these safety procedures are well thought out in advance by trained professionals.

"These aren't things we just make up. This is a part of our school safety plan," Karazsia explained. "These are things we have established over the years with staff, administrators and police."

Linton-Stockton Schools have three trained safety specialists -- Karazsia, high school principal Nathan Moore. and Maintenance Director Tom Andis.

The three safety specialists attend conferences on an regular basis, meet frequently and the school safety plan is reviewed annually.

In January, the five Greene County Schools met to discuss their current safety plans, and worked together to see if they could take suggestions from the other schools. In addition to the safety specialists, representatives from local law enforcement offices work with the schools to create the safety plans.



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