Drills to test emergency lockdown procedures in area schools will take place in May.
The unannounced drills, which will happen May 9-25, are part of a cooperative undertaking between school districts, law enforcement and government officials in Crow Wing County.
Representatives from Crow Wing County school districts met recently with Sheriff Eric Klang, county commissioners Ed Larsen and Terry Sluss and Crow Wing County police chiefs to discuss plans for a cooperative drill to test emergency lockdown procedures at randomly selected schools throughout the county.
During the meeting, Sluss and Larsen were asked to submit a plan to test the security checks with minimal disruption to school activities.
The drills will be conducted at several schools throughout the county. School administration will be consulted in advance of any drill to discuss dates and times which would cause too much disruption during testing and final grades.
Additional public information will be released in the near future to inform the public and the students that this is only a drill so as to not cause confusion or overreaction. The drills are not anticipated to take more than 20 minutes.
In a news release, Sluss said the "objective of the cooperative drills is to provide a minimal impact test of the combined response to a crisis within a school environment."
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