District to conduct school shooter exercise

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 10:23 AM.

The exercise will begin after students leave the high school at 11:30 a.m. ET and continue until 4 p.m.

There will be no live ammunition or weapons used, but a number of emergency vehicles, in response mode, will be on the school campus.

No member of the public will be permitted on the ground.

“We want to emphasize that no students will be participating in this activity,” McFarland said. “We will have training for approximately 100 staff and teachers on Wednesday and we are going to conduct the activity after students leave.

“Again, I want to emphasize – no students will be involved.”

The aim of the exercise, which is being funded through a state emergency management grant secured by county Emergency Manager Marshall Nelson, is to assess the efficacy of district policies in place for such emergencies.

“For this functional exercise we have really keyed in on two areas,” Nelson said. “One is the response of school staff and the other is the response of law enforcement.”

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