Attention to safety in schools has never seemed higher. Tragedies like Sandy Hook still keep some parents on edge.
"I was scared,” said Lucia. “I didn't want to leave my daughter there consistently wondering if something else is going to occur."
"Right after Sandy Hook, our local principals and superintendent were getting telephone calls from parents asking them, 'what are you doing to protect my student.' And we're trying to address that," said ESD 105 School Safety Coordinator Randy Town.
Sixteen school districts in Yakima, Kittitas, and Klickitat counties are working with ESD 105 on improving safety. ESD 105 is organizing the effort to help the other districts keep track of who is in their buildings.
Another priority is to find an efficient way to exchange information between schools and law enforcement. They also want to improve their emergency crisis plans.
A safety board is working out different safety plans. ESD 105 wants all of the schools to have a standard set of procedures.
"If something happens in one of our schools, whether it's Mabton or Granger or Sunnyside, that a multiple number of police agencies are going to arrive and they need to know how to work together," said Randy.
"I don't leave her with that ease knowing that she's safe completely," said Lucia.
ESD 105 will also work with the schools by training SRO's as well as helping them handle bullying and harassment cases.