A statewide school access safety plan also has been ongoing, Pickens said.
The Legislature appropriated $30 million over the past three years for county school systems to implement a variety of physical safety measures. They include cameras, card access entrances, extra exterior doors and locking devices.
"The money has been divvied out to school systems for the purpose of constructing hardware and software to deter access to schools and ... to control access through a central office location," Pickens said.
He said it's important to have trained people in the central office to see who's at the school's front entrance.
"Staff have been trained to handle the situation [and] rooms should be marked with appropriate signage," Pickens said. "Even the bushes outside some schools are meant to further deter intruders."
The safety plans do not include recruiting police patrols, Pickens said. That is usually done on a county-by-county basis.
"It's more of a, 'What we would do if this happened' type of thing. If there was a chemical spill or an intruder, how would we handle it?" he said.
Putnam County Schools Superintendent Chuck Hatfield told school board members Monday night that he received three or four calls from parents who wanted information about what the county does to ensure that students are safe.
"They just wanted reassurance that their kids were safe," he said.
Earlier this month, Cedar Grove Community School in Kanawha County was placed on lockdown after police feared a woman might take an allegedly stolen gun to the school to pick up her children.
Christy Jarrell, 29, turned herself in to state troopers in Rand on Dec. 4. She was charged with petit larceny in connection to the stolen weapon.
On Sept. 28, police said they arrested a man who wanted to take a gun to a Sissonville High School football game near Halloween and start shooting.
Shawn Patrick Foglesong, 40, was charged with making terrorist threats after police said he told a Charleston counselor that he had homicidal ideation and was "thinking of killing someone, up close and personal," according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Foglesong remains in South Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $150,000 bail. He was recently denied a bail reduction during a preliminary hearing in Kanawha County Circuit Court.