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McDonnell's school safety task force meets


A new school safety task force meets for the first time Monday. Their mission is to make Virginia schools a safer place.

Governor Bob McDonnell formed the group after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

NBC 12's Mike Valerio is live from Capitol Square with details on what's set to happen. 45 people are set to meet with the governor Monday. That includes the father of a Virginia Tech victim from Richmond, two students, and local teachers. They're set to get working quickly, with a deadline just under three weeks away:

This task force is charged with finding pinpointing gaps in school safety. Sheriffs and lawmakers are also going to be in on the conversation, talking about how to keep kids out of harms way.

Some of the topics set for discussion include crisis and emergency management,  followed by identifying resource weaknesses, and then, sharing ideas of best practices that have worked in the past to resolve emergencies.

Governor McDonnell issued an executive order to form the task force days after Sandy Hook unfolded. Henrico, Chesterfield, and Richmond schools are sending veteran teachers and administrators to the group.

The person on the panel, without a doubt, most affected by gun violence will be Albert Hill. His daughter Rachel was a star volleyball player at Richmond's Grove Avenue Christian School. She was killed in Virginia Tech at the age of 18.

The task force will continue to make recommendations for these specific topics as well as others for the foreseeable future, and submit a final report in June.

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