CHEYENNE, Wyo. The Senate education committee unanimously approved a bill which would require leaders from the departments of homeland security, education, construction, the attorney generals office, and fire marshall to develop safety and security plans every year.
“We’ve asked a number of experts in Wyoming, people that work in law enforcement and security specifically, to come together to help the districts in coming up with some guidelines and plans so that they can best address the needs of their individual school districts,” said Senator Affie Ellis of Laramie County.
As a mom of school-aged kids, Ellis knows how important a safety plan is.
“I spend a lot of time on the playgrounds talking with other parents and my hope is that the districts really open up the conversation to parents and students and teachers and hear what they’re concerns are about their particular school’s needs." She said.
“I think one of the strengths of the bill is that it calls together stakeholders, brings them to the table so that we can involve parents and teachers and students as well as officials in our state government.” Said Senator Bill Landen of Natrona County.
The bill would also require schools district leaders to create their own annual plan.