Sep 29, 2014 5:53 PM
Manchester to review safety procedures in wake of lockdown at Manchester West
MANCHESTER -- School administrators and first responders will formally review every aspect of last week's lockdown emergency at West High School, school officials announced on Monday.
They will discuss the facts of the incident, assess which procedures went well, and identify what didn't go as planned, according to a school spokesperson. The analysis also will include ways to improve safety protocol and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
West High School was in lockdown for almost two hours on September 25 while police searched inside for a person who was reported to have a weapon.
School administrators immediately put their emergency procedures in place, which includes locking down the building to keep students and staff in their classrooms and preventing anyone from entering or leaving.
"Debriefing after an emergency is routine practice so that everyone involved can evaluate current emergency plans and procedures to improve safety," said Andrea C. Alley, communications coordinator for the district.
Superintendent Dr. Debra Livingston will meet with school board members in a non-public session to brief them on the results of the evaluation. Specifics on any changes to policy or procedure could later be announced.
School officials are citing a provision in the state's open meeting law that allows a closed-door meeting for "consideration of matters relating to the preparation for and the carrying out of emergency functions."