I-Team asks: How ready are schools for big emergencies?

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With so many school bomb threats and other scares, the FOX 8 I-Team keeps asking the state how school districts are doing under new security rules, and we keep waiting for answers.

This year, new rules took effect for Ohio schools regarding crisis training, making sure emergency crews have building layouts and much more.

The I-Team first asked the state for a list of specific schools not meeting all of the new security guidelines. Weeks later, a state lawyer told us no since this also involves Homeland Security.

Recently, we asked just for the number of schools in full compliance and the number not following all of the guidelines. We still have not received that breakdown. The Department of Education said, “We are working on responding to your requests.”

The superintendent of Strongsville Schools said his district already did much of what the state requires. Yet even Strongsville has a little more to do.

Cameron Ryba said, “In terms of the state requirements, we are finalizing the school security plans.” He added, “What it has done is it has expanded to not just police and fire, but EMS and increased local and community resources.”

Strongsville police had another meeting with the district just hours before the I-Team showed up. Strongsville police point out, they have floor plans of all schools, and officers go into the schools in their patrol zones to get familiar with the buildings.

We’ll keep asking questions of the state so that we can tell you more about how the school leaders are doing in your neighborhood preparing for the worst.

**Continuing coverage here**