The English Language School Board is establishing a new security policy. (Sara Fraser/CBC)

P.E.I. schools will soon have new guidelines on how to best keep their buildings safe and secure.

The new English Language School Board is in the process of creating a security policy.

The former Eastern and Western boards each had school lockdown policies.

Brenda Millar, the board's leader of student services, said she's working with schools and police to find out whether there's more that could be done each day to ensure the safety of staff and students.

"We have had, unfortunately, a number of school shootings in the last few years. All of them impact us in a way in which we always want to ensure we're doing the best we can," said Millar.


Brenda Millar, of the English school board, says she is working with schools and police to establish a security policy. (CBC)

"There's always the need for us to continue to look at the way we do things and how we provide a secure location for our students to be in on a day-to-day basis."

Following December's horrific school shooting in Newton, Connecticut, the Ontario government promised to spend $10 million on security cameras, locked doors and buzzer systems for schools in that province.

It's too early to say whether P.E.I. will look at similar options, said Millar. At this point, she doesn't know when the new policy will be put in place.