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Updated: 6/26/2013 8:05 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) --Governor Phil Bryant is urging the Mississippi Department of  Education to conduct a series of safety summits following the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.

Officials will discuss and practice safety measures during the summit.

"School safety should be first and foremost our greatest responsibility and priority everyday. We need to focus on school safety knowing that we're doing everything we can to keep those children safe," said Steve Rosser, director of Public Safety at Lamar County Schools.

School employees will learn procedures to help prevent another school shooting tragedy.

"Incidents like the one in Connecticut with the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School really hit home that this could happen anywhere. It's not limited to a high school. It's not limited to a college campus. It could happen in your school district at any time and you really need to be prepared," said Public Information Officer of Clinton Schools, Sandi Beason.

School districts across the state are looking at implementing "Access Control." That's when a school has 100 percent control by using one main entrance for outsiders.

"If I have the traffic coming into one location, if we see somebody accessing at another point, they're out of compliance already," said Principal Bobbi Burdett.

School administrators say there are a number of additional steps that schools can take to ensure safety.

"All your gates are in proper working order. Make sure all your classroom doors are able to lock from the inside. Make sure your local law enforcement officals are familar with your campus layouts," said Scott Cantrell, superintendent of Monroe County Schools.

"We're tightening those security measures," adds Burdett. "We're also gonna be very diligent to enforce them with everybody at all times."

The other two safety summits by the Mississippi Department of Education are scheduled for Hattiesburg and Cleveland in July.
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