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Vermont school security being examined, required assessments statewide expected by April

MONTPELIER, Vt. - School security is being examined all across Vermont in the wake of last month's deadly shooting in Florida and a foiled school shooting in Fair Haven.

Governor Phil Scott has ordered mandatory 'school safety site assessments'. It's an effort to ensure a comprehensive approach to reducing the risk of school violence statewide.

Superintendents across the state were informed about the assessments last week in a letter from the Agency of Education and Public Safety.

According to a memo obtained by Local 22 & Local 44 News, the assessments will gather the most recent data on current school emergency preparedness planning, training, policies, security systems and school safety practices that are being used in Vermont schools.

It's part of a plan recently announced by the governor focused on strengthening school security, keeping guns out of the wrong hands and promoting safe and healthy communities.

"There is a lot on our plate. We're going to have to work together and I stand firm in working with them to accomplish that. Priority one is school safety, that is priority one," said Scott during a recent press conference.

Scott had a change of heart on gun control after a Vermont teen was arrested after police say he plotted a shooting at Fair Haven Union High School.

It also comes as President Donald Trump is rolling out a plan on school safety, which includes forming a federal commission to study school safety and arming qualified school staff.

"Governor Scott has said that is not an approach he supports, and he believes there are more viable ways to enhance the safety of our schools," said Rebecca Kelley, spokesperson for Scott.

The assessments will be conducted by state, county or local law enforcement and will be completed by the end of March.


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