Local school districts 122 and 229 gathered with District 123 and law enforcement at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School for the annual First Responders Meeting. Each district went over disaster plans as well as new ways to keep our students safe. Over this summer, District 123 installed secondary locks in each building’s office so that visitors will need to be buzzed in a second time before entering the school.
“This event is important because it brings together the two community agencies for whom school safety is paramount, school districts and first responders. In a day and age when it’s not if but when it only makes sense that these two entities would come together to discuss emergency response procedures to ensure everyone is on the same page,” said Hometown Principal Katy Spreitzer.
New Police Chief, Randy Palmer spoke to the group about how the Oak Lawn Police Department has adopted the “when not if” mentality, running active shooter drills and even train disaster drills this past year. Palmer also went over classes the Police Department offers to make the community more equipped to respond to a tragedy.