Are students safe at school?

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) In light of the shooting Wednesday in South Carolina, many people are wondering how are local schools keeping our kids safe?

Wood County Schools says they do a multitude of things to ensure the safety of their students.

Teachers go to ALICE training, which stands for, "Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate."

Teachers learn what to do in the event of an active shooter, and how to protect themselves and their students.

All schools also remain locked at all times, and you must buzz in and talk to a receptionist before entering a building.

"Seeing who's at the door prior to ever admitting entrance to people, and you know, we ask the public to be understanding of why we do that when we ask you for a license or some kind of identification. We want to protect the children and that's how we do that, by knowing who's in our facilities, who's coming in, who's going out, and what's going on," says Wood Co. Schools Safety Coordinator, Don Brown.

Brown says the school system offers the ALICE training to teachers twice a year.

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