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January 31, 2013

Eastern schools order lock downs

Parents express frustration they didn’t receive alert.

(Continued)

Greentown —

Part of the problem, he said, is that parents may not know the difference between a functional and full lock down.

During a functional lock down, the doors are locked, but everything else remains the same. Those likely will be happening far more frequently, Caddell said.

It’s a full lock down parents need to worry about.

“In a full lock down, the bell might ring, but you may not see anyone in the halls,” the superintendent said. “Students may be held in different areas of the school.”

Parents and police are always notified when that happens.

Caddell said he understands why parents were worried, though.

“Everyone’s really on edge now,” he said.

The district just needs to figure out how to best communicate with parents in these situations, Caddell said. The heightened school security is new to them, too.

Caddell said administrators are still trying to navigate the waters.

Eastern School Board president Lisa Manfred said it’s always the district’s goal to work closely as a team with parents and keep them informed.

She said she didn’t know yet if the board would be taking a second look at how the schools handle communication during lock downs.

Not all parents were frustrated by how the school dealt with the situation, though.

One parent posted on Facebook: “There are always never-ending ‘whys’ and ‘could have & should have’. No method of communication pleases all. But I do think that when it comes to our children and their safety, there should be nothing less than gratitude. Locking the outer doors of a school really shouldn’t require explanation. For seven hours a day, I trust Eastern to care for my children and make decisions about their safety and well being.”

Lindsey Ziliak may be reached at 765-454-8585 or via email at lindsey.ziliak@kokomotribune.com.

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