EC School System Discussing Ways to Keep Schools Safe

December 18, 2012

The tragic events that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday have prompted local schools to review their emergency situation plans.

Here at home in Elbert County, Elbert County School Superintendent Rick Higginbotham met yesterday with staff from all of the county’s schools.

He said that they discussed ways to make our schools as safe as they can possibly be.

“We discussed that every employee understands their role as it pertains to the emergency plan”, said Higginbotham. “We’ve discussed protocols about people coming and going in the buildings. We plan on meeting with people in our county, and further discussing what we can do keep our schools as safe as possible.”

Currently there are no school resource officers in place at any of the county’s five schools, but Higginbotham says that is an option that will be looked into further in wake of the recent shooting.

“There was a time when we had a grant from the sheriff’s office, and school resource officers were funded by both the sheriff’s office and school system”, explained Higginbotham. “I would bet that those are things that will come out of this, and we will be looking into that option as well.”

Moving forward, Higginbotham said, that the safety of the students is of the utmost importance.