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Jan 24, 2013 10:20 AM by Jason Laird - MTN News

Rural school safety discussed in Billings

BILLINGS - Administrators at rural school districts within Yellowstone County met on Wednesday with emergency service officials to brainstorm about school safety.

The goal of the meeting was to discuss areas in need of security improvement, with the primary focus being on creating a universal plan for all county schools to follow in the event of an emergency.

"In the event that there is an emergency; whether it is a fire, an intruder, or whatever it may be, law enforcement and fire departments will all be on the same page as the schools," Sgt. Roger Bodine said.

This universal plan will only be put into effect for schools in Yellowstone County that do not have a significant police force such as Huntley or Shepherd.

School officials and law enforcement are planning another meeting for the near future, where the Yellowstone County Sheriffs Office will present a proposed universal plan of action for all emergency situations.

Along with preparing a county-wide universal plan, the schools will also be conducting drills and looking at any possible way to create a safer environment.

Some of the proposed changes consist of locking all classroom doors during class and installing security cameras to monitor all exterior doors.

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