'I Love You Guys' safety program to be implemented

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

MCCOOK, Neb. — An additional safety program is being implemented at McCook Public Schools for active shooter incidents or other high-risk situations.

Endorsed by the Nebraska Department of Education, the “I Love You Guys” program is similar to the past safety program at the district but with some changes, said McCook Schools Superintendent Grant Norgaard at the regular meeting Monday night.

These changes include procedures on communication with staff and lockdown/lockout evacuation plans, he said.

Norgaard told the board that staff is being trained in protocols of the program, with a drill planned sometime in the second semester at the junior or senior high. Board president Tom Bredvick said the program is the same used in Colorado.

In a related item, proceeds from Bison debit cards, issued by McCook National Bank, will go toward supplies for “incident command systems” located at each of the district’s schools.

The supplies, used in an active shooter event or other emergency situations, will include items such as walky talkies, command vests, batteries and first aid kits.

The board approved the $1,213 donation from McCook National Bank/Bison debit cards, with two board members abstaining from voting: Brian Esch, MNB president and Bredvick, MNB chief financial officer.

Another donation approved Monday night by the board was $750 from the 2017 MHS Senior Celebration, earmarked for the high school tennis program.

The Senior Celebration is a year-long fundraising effort done by senior parents each year, with proceeds funding a party for graduating seniors at the end of the school year.

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