Eau Claire School Board to consider updates to school threat policy

Eau Claire (WQOW) — The Eau Claire Area School District is taking steps to ensure your children are safe in school.

The Eau Claire School Policy and Governance Committee met Monday to expand the district’s current threat policy, which had not been updated in over 18 years. 

News 18 has reported on several area school threats, and not many were bomb threats, which is the primary thing the district’s current policy advised on. The policy committee wanted to update that and broaden it to all threats of violence, and how the district can investigate, respond and report such incidences.

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"We really take out the mentions of bomb threats specifically, per-say, because this is a much broader issue when you talk about violence in our communities, when you talk about violence facing schools, this is an all of the above problem and it has to be an all of the above look at it," said school board president, Joe Luginbill.

Luginbill also told News 18 this updated policy would not only apply to the district school buildings, but also anywhere a school event is being held, where the district would have jurisdiction.

The new policy was approved by the committee, and will go to the entire Eau Claire School Board to discuss at their August 20 meeting, with hopes to have it in place by the start of the school year, in September.

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