HELENA, Mont. (AP) _ A Montana education official says every public school has an emergency plan to minimize the risk of a shooting such as the one that killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut school.
Chief Deputy Dennis Parman of the Office of Public Instruction said Friday they generally include limiting the number of doors available to the public and requiring identification for visitors.
Parman says the plans are meant for all kinds of emergencies, from an intruder to fire to bomb threats. They generally include how to alert staff to clear the hallways and lock down the school, along with evacuation locations and procedures to notify parents.
The plans are approved by each school district. Parman says a shooting such as the one in Newtown, Connecticut can trigger a review.