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MCPS discusses security at schools in special work meeting

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MISSOULA - Missoula County Public Schools administrators and trustees discussed the safety of the district during a special meeting on Tuesday.

Parents brought up concerns about communication with the school after the threats at Big Sky High School were not made known right away.

"It was really disheartening to find out on social media about the issue that happened at Big Sky. I think it would have been very beneficial to have some kind of communication...or a statement of some kind,” said Chastie Willes, a parent of Big Sky High School students.

Communication was a key topic tonight as trustees and administrators talked about the work that is already being done to ensure safety, and questioned if it was enough.

Prevention was also discussed as trustees stressed that an atmosphere of inclusion be a top priority, as well as programs to address mental health needs as they come up.

Trustees talked through possible scenarios, and if students and teachers are currently trained to respond if they hear a threat, or are in an active shooter situation.

MCPS Superintendent Mark Thane said that they are working to get all staff to take an active shooter resistance training. Thane said an annual crisis plan has been created and is reviewed every year for each school.

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