Lawmakers look at strengthening Wyoming school safety protocols

December 6, 2018

The Wyoming Legislature is moving forward on policies that would require all schools to engage in training and create safety plans in the event of a violent intruder. As it currently stands, the bill would allocate $100,000 to help schools with school safety training and planning.

The Wyoming Legislature is moving forward on policy that would require all schools to engage in training and create safety plans in the event of a violent intruder. The bill crafted by Cheyenne Senator Affie Ellis was approved by the legislature’s joint education committee nine to four.

Several lawmakers expressed concern that the bill — which wasn’t available to the public in advance of the committee meeting — needed more work. Ellis pushed for the committee to consider the bill, which she said addresses gaps in school safety training and preparation. But Ellis acknowledged the bill needed more work.

Dicky Shanor, the Wyoming Department of Education Chief of Staff, said Superintendent Jillian Balow wants to move school safety policy forward this session.