By Tim Kowols
It has been nearly a month since a viral threat against schools with the initials “SHS” forced lockdowns across the country and forced districts like Sevastopol to re-evaluate their security procedures. The threat was reported just as students were entering the school, a time of the day Sevastopol Superintendent Kyle Luedtke says many schools are vulnerable because at that time students are still arriving and not necessarily in classrooms yet. It was Luedtke’s call at the time to organize the students and staff into four separate areas to try the control all the moving parts occurring.
Luedtke would not detail the changes being made to its security protocol as to not provide a blueprint for future threats but says he was proud how students, staff, and law enforcement all responded.
The district collected feedback from their staff members in the week following the February 22 incident and was able to review the comments and their protocol at their monthly security meeting held on the first Monday of each month.