On the heels of one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history, the Appling County School System would like for the community to know that it is being proactive with regard to school safety.
“Our hearts and prayers go out the people in Newtown, Connecticut concerning the tragic shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School”, reported Appling County Superintendent Scarlett Copeland. In terms of Appling County Schools, Copeland stated, “We have always had emergency plans in place concerning our schools; however, we have recently been very proactive in terms of safety by contacting Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).“
The superintendent also reported that she, Appling County School System Safety Contact Richard Riddle, Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s Area F School Liaison Kristin Higgs, and the local Safety Leadership Team met approximately two months ago to begin an extensive review of the school system’s current emergency plans for the district. Over the past month, Kristin Higgs has conducted Site Visit Safety Assessments of all six schools along with Riddle. These visits were concluded approximately one week ago and Higgs is preparing a report for the superintendent and this report will be returned prior to the return to school in January.
Superintendent Copeland has notified all system principals and the Leadership Safety Team to meet upon their return on January 7, 2013 to review GEMA’s report and discuss measures to further assist all schools with safety.
“Our students and their safety are our number one priority and the faculty and staff does not take this lightly in our district,” said Copeland. “Everyone will be unified in working together to ensure that we are taking necessary precautions to be proactive in the area of safety for Appling County Schools.”