DALE COUNTY -- Attorney General Luther Strange released a set of best practices for safe schools and shared it with institutions across Alabama this week.
The list came from the Alabama Safe Schools Initiative, with a special focus on use of technology in school safety.
Each of the schools in the Alabama Independent School Association, as well as Alabama's public schools, were invited to submit an application to a state panel. That panel was made up of representatives from the Alabama Department of Education, Attorney General's Office, the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, the Alabama Department of Public Safety, the Alabama Department of Insurance and the Alabama Association of School Resource Officers. One school from each of the state's eight districts was given an Attorney General's Safe School Award of Excellence.
That set of best practices includes a Quick Access Program which would allow school officials to immediately check a visitor's driver's license to see whether or not he/she is a sexual offender. The Virtual Alabama School Safety System is an online way of making school safety plans, maps, evacuation routes and emergency contacts.
Many of the program's highlighted in the AG's report are already adopted in Ozark City Schools and Dale County Schools.