Educators discuss ways to improve safety in schools

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A conference in South Burlington Thursday brought together almost 300 people-- including school leaders, law enforcement, psychologists and IT experts– to discuss ways to keep kids safe.

They were talking about preventing violence at school and how to react to it if an emergency happens. Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe stressed having a solid plan.

"The most important piece is-- does every adult in the building know what to do in the event that there's an emergency and how do they respond to it, where to go and what needs to be done to keep the children safe?" said Holcombe.

"You know, we're not immune. So we have to just prepare. We have to be ready. Having events like this, bringing people together, is part of the answer," said Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont.

Scenarios discussed included events inside and outside the school and ranged from hazmat spills to shootings.