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Two years of study, work ensure schools prepared to handle safety threats

Maureen Bentley (left), principal at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Peoria Heights, and Angie Robenstein, secretary, demonstrate how visitors are welcomed at the new window that was installed between the exterior and interior doors. Bentley said almost all school business can be handled here, without anyone entering the school. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Emergency preparedness isn’t a luxury for schools these days. It can mean the difference between a good resolution to a bad situation and utter tragedy. Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Peoria, preferred to err on the side of caution two years ago. With the permission of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, […]

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