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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • TCSD looking at safety protocols in wake of school massacre

  • Memo sent to students, teachers and staff. Administrators will review Safe School Plan
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  • Friday's Connecticut school massacre has prompted the Taft City School District to revisit its campus safety procedures and monitor students for any signs of trauma in students .
    Supt. Ron Bryant said Friday morning he was preparing a memo to be sent to district employees and parents of the more than 2,000 students in the district.
    "We want to remind them of the services they have available to them," he said. "We're asking them to be alert to any changes in our students to see if it (school shooting) has adversely affected them. We're reminding them we have a school psychologist who can help."
    He'll be meeting with all district administrators to review the Safe School Plan.
    "We also have regular safety and lockdown drills," he said. "It could happen anywhere. Unfortunately, these things happen."
    Once news of the school shooting that left 20 six- and seven-year-olds dead along with six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School dead, Bryant contacted Taft police chief Ed Whiting to suggest a review of both district and police protocols "and how we handle certain emergency situations."
    "It's interesting that Friday's paper had the story about our resource officer," Bryant said, referring to city police officer Moises Martinez and the positive impact he has had on the district.
    Budget cuts could bring an end to the resource officer program, though. Martinez splits his time between the TCSD's six campuses and Taft High, although Lincoln Junior High is a primary focus.
    But the immediate need, Bryant emphasized, is to be alert for signs that the latest school shooting has not created any troubling reaction in the district's students.
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