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Dubuque schools reviewing active-shooter scenarios

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Dubuque school officials are reviewing their active-shooter planning policy.

They want to make sure students and staff are prepared at all times, so the district is looking into hiring a consultant whose a security expert. 

This comes after the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Superintendent Stan Rheingans said they want to increase trainings in case a shooting were to occur. "It incorporates videos that we've produced locally with the help of the Dubuque Police Department, as well as some lesson plans that we've developed, to talk to different students of different ages," he said.

There are two versions, one for students in elementary school, the other for high school students. They were sent to parents through e-mail last week. 

"So we're gonna require our buildings to do it in the first 30 days of the year, so we're starting the school year with it, and then the first 30 days back from the winter holiday so some time in January," he said.

They're also discussing getting more security cameras. "Most of our outside exits already have cameras. We're gonna put cameras on the ones that don't, and an alarm system will notify the office, if say a door in the southwest hallway has been open."

Dubuque schools don't have metal detectors, but it's something officials have considered.

They have also talked about getting security guards. There are currently four Dubuque police officers assigned to the district.

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