ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (WMAR) -
Anne Arundel County School Superintendent Kevin Maxwell, Board of Education President Andre Pruski and other leaders have issued a statement in wake of the horrific mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, as well as new measure they plan to implement.
The shooting has stoked fear in the hearts of every parent, child, teacher and school system employee. In the statement, the board says "our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved. We also want to assure you that our school system, like those across our state, has a network of security procedures and practices in place to help keep our children and our employees safe."
While there is no plan that guarantees 100% safety to all students and staff in the schools in every situation, there are proactive measures that the school has in place. Anne Arundel County Schools have invested in technology such as video intercom systems at main entrances, and electronic visitor tracking systems, which allow the detection of registered sex offenders who may try to gain access.
The offices must buzz in visitors, and at the newest schools, there is a door system that prevents direct access from the front door to hallways where classrooms are located.
All of the schools run periodic emergency drills of different situations. This month's drill, ironically, focused on an active shooter in the building.
There is also a partnership with law enforcement, emergency response agencies and health departments that have resulted in an increase in support and resources. County police had officers at almost all of the schools at dismissal Friday and will do so again for arrival on Monday.
Parents are asked to help keep the environment safe and talk with their children about this tragedy.