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Top Missouri Education Officials Have Not Implemented New National School Safety Guidelines

October 7, 2004
By: Travis Thompson
State Capital Bureau

New national guidelines to prevent school terror have not phased top Missouri education officials. Travis Thompson has more from the state Capital.

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The U-S Education Department sent an e-mail to school officials nationwide advising more school security.

The new guidelines released Wednesday are an effort to secure schools in light of the Russian school takeover last month.

Missouri School Boards Association Spokesman Brent Ghan says he has not received the new guidelines.

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Contents: "It's just part of an ongoing effort to make sure the personnel in schools throughout the state are aware."

The Missouri Council of School Administrators has not received the new guidelines either.

The guidelines advise schools to install locks on all doors and windows and to have a single school entrance.

From the state Capital, I'm Travis Thompson.

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Top Missouri school officials say they have not implemented new national school safety guidelines. Travis Thompson has more from the state Capital.

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The U-S Education Department sent terror prevention guidelines to school officals nationwide Wednesday.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Spokesman Jim Morris did not know about the guidelines until KMOX contacted him.

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Contents: "I certainly don't anticipate any changes by this agency except to make sure that school officials are aware of this information."

The new guidelines advise schools to make communication with emergency officials better.

The new guidelines come in light of the Russian school hostage disaster last month.

From the state Capital, I'm Travis Thompson.

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The U-S Education Department sent new school terror prevention guidelines nationwide. Top Missouri education officials do not plan changes. Travis Thompson has more from the state Capital.

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In light of the Russian school takeover last month, the U-S Education Department is advising schools nationwide to install locks on all doors and to have a single entrance.

Missouri School Boards Association Spokesman Brent Ghan say Missouri schools are already safe.

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Contents: "Schools are very safe places for our kids to be. In fact, they're probably the safest place a kid can be. But that doesn't mean teachers and administrators shouldn't be cognisant of the fact if there is someone lurking around the building.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education does not plan safety changes.

Missouri schools have not received any federal money for terror prevention.

From the state Capital, I'm Travis Thompson.