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Local schools claim relationship with police prepares them for emergencies

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Schools on Sioux City's west side were locked down Monday afternoon. Schools on Sioux City's west side were locked down Monday afternoon.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Monday afternoon, school officials locked down all West High "feeder" schools—including Roosevelt—as a precaution.

School district officials say their relationship with Sioux City police ensures that they're ready in case of an emergency.

While police responded to Monday's west side shooting, other officers were involved in a drill they'd planned for months. The scenario? It was for an "active shooter" at a Sioux City school.

"It is unfortunate that we have to practice situations such as these, but that heightened sense of awareness really does help our staff and our students," said Alison Benson, director of communications for Sioux City public schools.

Alison Benson says during Monday's manhunt, the district locked down all west side "feeder" schools. That meant no students could enter, or leave, the building.

That lockout was lifted around 6 p.m. Monday, after the "Beyond the Bell" programs were done for the day. After the lockdown, students and teachers carried on as usual knowing extra adults were keeping an eye on the outside of the school.

Meanwhile, Benson says constant communication with local police helped keep them all prepared, in case anything new had developed.

"We are very fortunate that we have that relationship that they can tell us that this has occurred and then we offer, what can we do to be of assistance," said Benson.

Doors of Sioux City's schools are always locked throughout the school day. That includes many after school activities, as well. The only way for an outsider to get inside is to be buzzed in after they identify themselves, and tell school officials why they're there.

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