In South Carolina, the Oconee County Sheriff presented a campus safety proposal to the School District of Oconee County Board that would arm as many as 50 school employees. Under the policy, the focus will be on arming principals, assistant principals, guidance counselors, athletic directors, and other non-faculty personnel.
In Idaho, the Idaho State Superintendent of Public Instruction is launching a school safety initiative dubbed KISS: Keep Idaho Students Safe. The $20.8 million plan would fund more school resource officers and pay for the state to develop a teacher safety course and statewide crisis counseling program. An on-line survey is being used to receive comments from Idahoans.
In New Mexico, the Las Cruces Public School Board is being asked to modify the policy that allows district employees to apply to carry concealed weapons on school grounds. The changes would add rigor to the process of vetting requests by school personnel.
In Virginia, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors is considering a plan to use retired police officers for security at its grade schools. The officials expect that using retired officers would cost about half as much as full-fledged school resource officers.