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State Unveils Website To Track School Safety Efforts

Sarah Gibson for NHPR


Governor Sununu unveiled a website Thursday he's calling a "one-stop shop" for resources on school safety.


The website highlights the 59 recommendations from The School Safety Preparedness Task Force, which Sununu convened in the wake of the Parkland school shooting last year.


The group spent over 1,000 hours researching and discussing school safety issues.


Governor Sununu said one of its recommendations - to help school districts pay for building security upgrades - is nearing completion, with over 400 schools participating.


Other recommendations include improving training on mental health and bullying.


"This is not pie in the sky, some day we'll get around to it," he said. "These are things we can do today both at state level and in our local communities."


Perry Plummer, the task force chairman and director of New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said users can track the state's progress on all task force recommendations and search the database of best practices.

"If you want to know about bomb threats, you can type bomb in there and it will bring you to how to handle a bomb threat. Our goal is to keep educators educated, so when they need to look for it they can find it efficiently and effectively," he said.


A search for the keyword "gun" brings up no results. "Firearms" brings up two results, which are focused on the task force's recommendations to "convene a study group to examine New Hampshire background checks for the purchase of firearms."

Sarah Gibson joined NHPR's newsroom in 2018. She reports on education and demographics.
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