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New procedures in place following Big Sky High School threats

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MISSOULA - Big Sky High School will take some security measures to deal with their recent round of threats but is also giving students the avenues to deal with the emotions caused by recent threats.

Extra officers will continue to be seen at the school while staff members will be required to review run-lock-fight procedures -- and the school will be reduced to one point of access.

A statement will be made during first period describing upcoming procedures that will be put in place. Students will also be given an opportunity to discuss what is going on at the school in forums conducted throughout the week.

The forums and different avenues made available to students are important for students piece of mind through these trying times.

“All of our classroom teachers from kindergarten all the way through high school are very well versed in how to help students talk about what's going on in their lives have some frame of reference for it and be a guide for that experience," said Missoula County Public Schools spokeswoman Hatton Littman.

"So not only are our classroom teachers our mental health professionals our administrators even our custodians and the staff who works in our lunchrooms are all focused on students having optimum success," she added.

Littman also talked about how students should take advantage of these resources but try as best as possible to get back to a standard everyday routine and how getting into a routine can help students.

The following information was sent to students and parents from Big Sky High School principal Natalie Jaeger:

On Monday we will begin requiring a single point of entry for all non-staff members. All students will need to enter through the main entrance.

At the Monday staff meeting all staff will review all safety protocols

At the end of next week all staff will be required to review run-lock-fight and evacuation procedures  in each class in preparation for drills the following week.

All students will have grade level assemblies on Tuesday to address school safety concerns and issues.

Late next week parents will be invited to a parent forum to share concerns and questions with school administrators and law enforcement. This date and time will be set and shared by the end of the day tomorrow.

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