Students around the country practice tornado, earthquake and fire drills.
But there's another danger at schools: shootings. And Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis wants students to be prepared.
“I don't want my kids to be afraid, but I want them to be ready,” he said.
Davis has organized a symposium on best practices in school shootings and school safety, with the hope that local schools will develop their own policies.
He would like to see each school district in the Omaha metro area develop a policy about school shootings in the next year.
The symposium, which will be held Wednesday at the Ralston Arena, will include a speech by a man whose daughter died in a school shooting in Colorado in 2006.
John-Michael Keyes has spent his time since his daughter's death researching and speaking about school shootings through his foundation, I Love U Guys, which is named for the last text message he received from daughter Emily.
The Omaha area has had one deadly school shooting — at Millard South in 2011 — and Davis wants all local schools to be prepared if it happens again.
His main goal is to make sure students are practicing for what to do in case of an intruder. But he also generally wants local school officials and first responders to be more aware of what would and should happen if there were another school shooting in this area.
Davis expects about 350 attendees, including Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning. The event is free and open to the public.
Some local school districts are taking steps toward making schools safer from intruders.
Millard passed a $79.9 million bond issue this year for the installation of front-door buzzers, interior door locks and new walls. Papillion-La Vista also is among those now with a buzzer system.
The Springfield Platteview school board recently moved to ask voters to approve $35.7 million in bonds to help with safety upgrades, in part to secure front doors at schools there.
In Bellevue, school officials formed a safety committee that will make recommendations to the school board. That committee is looking at safety, training and response in Bellevue schools, spokeswoman Amanda Oliver said.
“At this point in time, we're kind of in that limbo stage,” she said.
Some Bellevue teachers have had active shooter training, Oliver said, but students don't do drills now. That could change soon, she said.
Other local districts, including Omaha Public Schools and Millard, already have active shooter policies.
OPS teachers are trained on “intruderology,” or the study of active shooters, and students do drills about what to do in case of a shooter.
The district declined to share specific policies about intruders. OPS officials will attend Wednesday's symposium.
“We are always looking for resources and best practices that we can incorporate into our safety plans and training,” district spokesman Todd Andrews said.