Safety Preparedness in Schools - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

Safety Preparedness in Schools

Posted: Updated:

Fortunately, the shooter never got inside the building during Monday's shooting at Sparks Middle school. For that, school police give credit to training and safety procedures.

Monday's shooting at Sparks Middle School is something no one could have predicted. But it is something that our schools prepare for.

Part of that is building relationships with students and having staff members outside before classes start.

"Those teachers stepped up and did exactly what they were trained to do and took the proper steps along those lines of emergency management," says Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras.

School police say they're reviewing everything that happened during the shooting to learn from it.

"We will sit down with the staff at the school and will take that global look and we'll start narrowing it down and we'll start looking at any ways we can improve school safety. That's our number one goal."

About a third of Washoe County's 93 schools use the single point of entry system including Sparks Middle School.

You can only get into the building through one entrance and visitors have to show ID at the front office before they can get buzzed in.

And it serves a lot of purposes.

"There's custody issues, we've had individuals that come in and wander into our school grounds, go to classrooms. We had parents go to classrooms and try to open doors or disrupt a class while it's in session."

Other schools, like Reed High have recently added fencing around the property.

The school district police department has 38 officers. They work closely with school staff across Washoe County to prepare for possible incidents.

"If they do have to come into one of our schools for an emergency, they have a very good idea of what our staff is going to be doing in our schools."

And while there is always the possibility of a tragic situation like we saw earlier this week, Mieras says our schools are getting safer, everyday.

"When I kiss my daughter good-bye in the morning to send her into school, I know and I feel in my heart that my child is safe."

Chief Mieras says the school district doesn't have any plans to install metal detectors. He says they've been used in other places and haven't stopped incidents like these from happening.

Written by Paul Nelson

  • Today's Top StoriesMore>>

  • Jacobs' Big Night Lifts Aces Over Bees

    Jacobs' Big Night Lifts Aces Over Bees

    Friday, April 25 2014 3:01 AM EDT2014-04-25 07:01:32 GMT
    Mike Jacobs’ big night propelled the Reno Aces to a 6-1 victory over the Salt lake Bees on a chilly Thursday Night at Aces Ballpark. Jacobs went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs to lead the Aces’ offense. Jacobs became Reno’s third player to record a multi-home run game this season, joining Nick Evans and Roger Kieshnick, who was called up to the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier in the day. Salt Lake opened the game with a bang, when leadoff hitter Taylor Lindsey took Randy Wo...More >>
    Mike Jacobs’ big night propelled the Reno Aces to a 6-1 victory over the Salt lake Bees on a chilly Thursday Night at Aces Ballpark. Jacobs went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs to lead the Aces’ offense. Jacobs became Reno’s third player to record a multi-home run game this season, joining Nick Evans and Roger Kieshnick, who was called up to the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier in the day. Salt Lake opened the game with a bang, when leadoff hitter Taylor Lindsey took Randy Wo...More >>
  • Lyon County Emergency Dispatch Experiencing Phone Problems

    Lyon County Emergency Dispatch Experiencing Phone Problems

    According to the Lyon County Sheriff's Office, the Emergency Dispatch Center is experiencing problems with their telephone system, specifically in the Yerington area. However they say the 9-1-1 systems are not affected at this time.More >>
    According to the Lyon County Sheriff's Office, the Emergency Dispatch Center is experiencing problems with their telephone system, specifically in the Yerington area. However they say the 9-1-1 systems are not affected at this time.More >>
  • 'Take Back the Night' Event Thursday at University of Nevada

    'Take Back the Night' Event Thursday at University of Nevada

    Friday, April 25 2014 2:56 AM EDT2014-04-25 06:56:05 GMT
    The purpose for 'Take Back the Night' was the assertion that human beings have the right to be free from violence, the right to be heard, and the right to walk in their community free from fear of sexual violence. More >>
    The purpose for 'Take Back the Night' was the assertion that human beings have the right to be free from violence, the right to be heard, and the right to walk in their community free from fear of sexual violence. More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.