The Hawaii State Department of Education this week is ramping up its school safety drills in partnership with the Honolulu Police Department.
Beginning this week, DOE and HPD will conduct safety drills at several high schools on Oahu.
"While these drills were planned for some time, we recognize that the tragedy that took place at a Nevada school this morning reinforces the need for continued diligence in ensuring our schools are prepared for emergency situations," noted Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. "We extend heartfelt sympathies to the school community in Nevada and the families who have lost their loved ones."
In addition to the HPD emergency drill partnership, the DOE conducts annual training for all security personnel with continued research into security best practices and the latest technology. Last year, the DOE's Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Branch teamed up with HPD to address heightened concerns over active shooters following incidents on mainland school campuses.
"We appreciate the partnership with HPD and thank our school communities for their understanding of upcoming emergency drills at our schools," stated Matayoshi.