Iowa Schools' Emergency Procedures Left Unchecked
Iowa schools are creating new school emergency procedure plans or updating existing plans, according to a news report.
Law requires public and private schools to have updated or new emergency procedures unique to every school building by June 30 of this year. Procedures must include how-to's on responding to natural disasters and emergencies like active shooters, alongside drills conducted to test the effectiveness of the plans.
Concerns have mounted since parents and other school officials have complained that the law does not require schools to present their updated or new plans to the education department or the state for approval, but simple notify that plans have been updated or created. The report says while 88 percent of school districts have emergency procedures in place, only 10 percent are "high-quality" plans, which raises more concerns regarding school safety.