Baltimore County school administrators and local law enforcement officials work together to make a safety a priority in a two-day conference set to address issues ranging from social media threats to dangerous weather conditions.
After several school-related incidents testing the school system's safety plan, officials worked to address concerns involving social media threats to schools.
Officials say it is not an easy task to track down safety threats in posts on social media.
"Because if there is a threat on social media, every time someone sends it to someone else, it makes it more difficult for police to track down where that threat originated," April Lewis, executive director of the Department of School Safety told WBAL-TV 11.
School administrators were reminded of safety tips on how they should respond to weather-related emergencies after a principal at Warren Elementary was criticized for dismissing students amid a weather warning.
"The really key thing here is to listen to the warnings coming from the National Weather Service, from local TV stations and then take actions if it is appropriate," Rich Muth, emergency manager of the Department of School Safety told WBAL-TV 11.
Baltimore County schools are required to hold safety drills at least two times a year.
On the first day of the conference, teachers, the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention provided staff with training on how to minimize traumatic events on students. Through the Handle with Care initiative, teachers, law enforcement officers and mental health service providers participated in the training.
The final day of the conference is set for Thursday.