Safety Is “Top Priority” As Pittsburgh Public Students Return To Classrooms

Superintendent says the district is prepared for safe school year

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By Jennifer Bloodworth for NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — It's the first day of school for several area districts, and all grade levels are now in session in Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Superintendent Doctor Anthony Hamlet told the KDKA Radio Morning News the education is not the only focus as students return to the classroom.

“The safety of students and staff is always the top priority, so we can never do enough to ensure student safety,” Hamlet said.  

“Our office of school safety remains in contact with law enforcement agencies across the city, county and state. We have members of our district crisis team review all safety protocols within our schools on a regular basis.”

Hamlet adds that all staff has ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) active shooter training, a method that is more proactive than traditional lockdown only approaches.

The district plans to introduce optional ALICE drills to students this year, starting with higher grades first.

The district does not discuss specific safety plans publicly for safety reasons, but Hamlet says the district is prepared for different situations.

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