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Bixby Public Schools working to create district-wide emergency response team

Posted: 3:42 PM, May 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-08 23:18:41Z
Bixby creating emergency response team

BIXBY, Okla. — Bixby Public Schools is in the process of creating a district-level emergency response.

Within six months the superintendent wants a team of about a dozen to look at all strategies for a worst-case scenario.

"A process in place to address each type of emergency in a systematic way by looking at here's what's happening, what are the various contingencies, what are the things we need to do immediately to protect the safety of our students and staff?" Rob Miller said.

The assistant principal at Bixby High School is certified by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. This training would go to all members of the team as they work to make safety as big a priority as education.

"It's moved in the last 20 years or so to where we're making sure students feel safe up here at school and that they know if there is something that's not right or correct they feel comfortable enough to tell somebody," Kyle Smith said.

Miller said especially during severe weather season, safety is always top of mind.

"I think all schools and all school districts are looking at what more we can do to really make sure that our campuses are safe and that our students and staff are safe at all times," he said.

Currently the superintendent is working to assemble this team. Ideally he wants a range of employees, from nurses to child nutrition experts.

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