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School Safety Committees to Present Findings

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Three committees focusing on student and staff safety in Missoula schools will present their recommendations to the board of trustees in two weeks.

The committees focus on mental health, public safety and facility security, and were formed back in December in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

Missoula school officials said staff training on safety is one of the committees' priorities this school year.

They are also recommending some structural updates to school facilities in the future, such as new entrances to schools with updated doors and locks.

Superintendent Alex Apostle said, "The work that we've been doing is very, very important, as it relates not only to what's happening now in our school district, but what will happen in the future, we understand one thing, that there will be no conclusion to our effort to maintain safety and security for our staff and students."

Twenty-five school staff members, community professionals and parents and students serve on each committee.

They have spent the past eight months building their presentations, and will present them to the board on September 3.

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