(KMOV) – Local school districts are making a significant change to the way they handle intruder alerts.
The Parkway School District is gearing up to train staff and letting parents know about the new approach.
News 4’s Russell Kinsaul spoke with school officials to find out what’s changing.
Parkway School District is holding town hall meetings on April 2 and 3 to explain the new training to parents and staff.
Right now, if there’s an intruder alert, teachers and students lock the doors and wait for the all clear but in the future that will just be one of their options.
The training will focus on giving teachers and staff options, sheltering in place if that’s the best or, if its safe to do so, escape the building and get away.
The last resort would be to fight back.
“It is unfortunate that it is something that has to be done but it is something that i think is important and to make people feel comfortable, make them think about it and make them know how to respond to different situations,” said Desi Kirchhofer, Deputy Superintendent with Parkway.
The way schools handle an intruder or active shooter threat have evolved since the Columbine school shooting. Key personnel from each school will be trained this summer. The rest of the staff will be trained before the start of the next school year.