By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
Franklin County school students are back in the classroom this week after their holiday break.
Starting off the second half of the year, each school in Franklin County will have either a police officer or sheriff’s deputy patrolling the hallways and grounds.
Its part of a new security plan put in place over the break by School Superintendent Dr. Ruth Odell in conjunction with local law enforcement and is in response to the shooting in Connecticut last month in which 20 people were killed.
Spearheading the school security effort is Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas.
Thomas said each of the four elementary schools will have a resource officer.
“All elementary schools will have an officer at the school,” Thomas said. “The Royston and Lavonia Police will be working with us and we’re going to do our best to make it safe for the children and the teachers.”
And while both the middle and high schools already have resource officers, Thomas said there will be extra security there as well.
“Our Student Resource Officer rotates around the schools and teaches the drug class, but now we’ll have an officer at the Middle School and the High School as well as the elementary schools in Franklin County,” Thomas said.
Extra patrols at the six schools in the county will be on each campus through the rest of the school year.