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Bossier superintendent addresses school security in open letter

Bossier Schools Superintendent D.C. Machen Bossier Schools Superintendent D.C. Machen

Hours before Bossier school leaders met Thursday afternoon to discuss their school security plan, Superintendent D.C. Machen sent out an open letter to parents addressing the issue:

Many questions are being raised across the nation about school security following
the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, and understandably
so.

Let me assure you that Bossier Schools shares those same concerns and we are
closely examining our own safety measures in place. Your child's safety is paramount
to our daily mission and we are committed to providing a secure environment for all
students and employees.

Danny Dison, Bossier Schools' Director of Security, is in daily contact with the
Bossier Sheriff's Department and Bossier City Police, working closely with both
agencies in a number of ways to provide safe school campuses.
All of our schools have a comprehensive emergency plan in place and all of our
school leaders are trained in emergency response and management. Routine drills,
including crisis lockdown drills, are conducted throughout the school year to
practice safety procedures and familiarize students and staff with the steps to take to
best ensure safety. Teachers are asked, as well, to keep their classroom doors locked
at all times.

In addition, every classroom has emergency flip charts with detailed instructions on
protocol; each school has camera surveillance; every principal has a First Responder
radio tied directly to law enforcement; all middle and high schools have full-time
School Resource Officers on campus; and local law enforcement is linked to Bossier
Schools via a detailed Web-based mapping system. We have also retrofitted the
entries at several elementary schools in the last three years and continue to update
others with safe entrance barriers.

Despite these measures, we pledge to remain vigilant each day assessing and
investigating ways to better protect every child and employee in our care. At Bossier
Schools, a safe learning environment is our utmost priority.

Sincerely,

D.C. Machen, Jr.
Bossier Schools Superintendent

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