The Stow-Munroe Falls School Board unanimously approved Monday a measure to allow both active and retired police officers from both the Stow and Munroe Falls Police Departments to carry concealed weapons on school grounds during after-hour events.
The measure passed with the firm support of Superintendent Russ Jones, who sees the decision as a positive step to elevate security measures.
"The Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education is committed to student and staff safety,” Jones said in a written statement. “To that end, we have adopted a number of safety measures, including a strong police presence in all of our buildings on a daily basis, the training of 100% of our staff members and eventually students in the ALICE response training and re-visiting all of our current safety measures.”
ALICE stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate. This method is a standard practice nationwide, giving students a procedure to follow in the event of a crisis, such as a school shooting.
“Allowing off duty officers to carry their weapons to events at our schools provides an additional layer of protection in case a crisis should occur,” Jones said. “I wish to thank Chief Dirker from the Stow Police Department and Chief Myers from the Munroe Falls Police Department for making this option available to us.”
As part of the measure, officers will alert school officials when they carry a concealed weapon. These weapons will only be allowed at school events, as the Ohio Revised Code law dictates schools are weapon-free during school hours.
The school board also discussed curriculum changes at the high school.
“The major changes referenced in the new program of studies are those that were mandated by Ohio's adoption of the Common Core State Standards,” said Stow-Munroe Falls school district spokesperson Jacquie Mazziotta. “That, in particular, changes the description and rigor of the English and math courses.”