Oakland County schools step up security, training for teachers

Published On: Jan 24 2013 09:31:46 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 24 2013 09:34:29 PM EST

Bloomfield Hills schools are taking steps to improve security. At the same time, Waterford teachers are taking training on what to do in a school emergency.


The Bloomfield Hills School District is taking additional steps to improve school security in the aftermath of the deadly elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Superintendent Rob Glass says the district is partnering with Bloomfield Township police to employ a school security officer.

The officer will oversee security work with the two current police liaison officers, and train staff, students and parents in the district.

In Waterford Township, teachers gathered for a special training session on how to take action if a shooter enters their school.

The training room was packed with teachers and school leaders from across Oakland County. 

Watch: Detroit teachers receive anti-assailant training.

Dave Lessel, the assistant principal at Waterford Mott High School, signed up for the active shooter training, so he could go back and teach others at his school.

Lessel, along with 85 other teachers are getting a timely lesson on what to do in school shooter emergency.

This is the first in a series of seminars designed to help teachers, and so far, the response has been overwhelming.   

The Homeland Security Division of Oakland County along with the sheriff's department put the seminars together. 

The seminars are focusing on making sure teachers are prepared with some simple life-saving techniques should they ever need them.

They've added several new training sessions to the calendar over the next several months. 

Training dates:

Feb. 11 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.

Oakland Schools Building

2111 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford

Limit 60 attendees each session

Feb. 19 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.

Oakland Schools Building

2111 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford

Limit 120 attendees each session

Teachers and school staff who want to attend a training session should register with Oakland Schools Event Management one day prior to the training session by calling 248-209-2500


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