Local Schools and West Chester Township work collaboratively
year-round in all aspects of protecting the schools in our community.
Resource officers are in the schools daily, interacting with staff and
students to help enforce safety policies and procedures and proactively
build relationships based on respect and open dialogue, all with the
goal of preventing any compromise to student safety.
On Wednesday, May 25, West Chester Township and Lakota Local
Schools will collaborate for an intensive training exercise to help
local responders and school staff prepare for a potential “active
shooter” scenario in a school building.
“The protection of the community is the most critical service
provided by West Chester Township, and the responsibility of protecting
our youngest and most precious citizens is especially significant.”
said Township Administrator Judi Boyko. “West Chester personnel actively
train for all varieties of potential circumstances and next week’s
training exercise will focus on one type of incident which we could
face as a community.”
The details of the active shooter simulation are not being
disclosed for authenticity and to gain the most realistic reactions to
the circumstances as they unfold. The exercise will take place at
Hopewell Elementary and hundreds of volunteers will help create the
sense of chaos that would most certainly result under such real
“The safety and security of our students, staff and visitors is
paramount, which is why the strong partnership we’ve built with both
townships is so critical,” said Lakota Superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia.
“We maintain the highest level of trust and respect for our local
responders. It takes that kind of collaboration and an exercise of this
magnitude to help ensure all the key players are well-equipped and
trained to handle a worst case scenario in our schools.”
West Chester police and fire personnel will be deployed in
response to the simulation and residents should not be alarmed by the
presence of emergency response vehicles at Hopewell Elementary.