A recent staff collaboration day in the Fulton City School District provided employees at Volney and Fairgrieve elementary schools with an eye-opening lesson in safety and security.
In partnership with the Fulton Police Department and as part of an ongoing effort to ensure school district personnel are well-versed in safety procedures, the schools hosted active shooter drills.
In the afternoon, with students dismissed for the day, teachers, faculty and staff members gathered in the library for a presentation by Fulton Police Lt. Jason Delano.
The lieutenant talked about different threats, response protocol, techniques to stay safe and offered advice and tips in the event of an active shooter situation.
Following the discussion, the officers acted out an active shooter situation, with the teachers responsible for serving as reliable witnesses to help identify the “assailant.”
Afterward, the group debriefed and asked several questions about evacuation procedure, communication (internal and external) and overall response protocol.
“This drill increases awareness of what is involved so teachers can stay safe and keep students safe in the event of an emergency,” said Jerry Seguin, FCSD director of facilities, operations and transportation. “We have school safety committees too, and safety plans for each building. We are always reviewing our plans to make sure they meet the unique needs of each school. We always walk away from these drills with great ideas that we implement.”
Additional drills will take place at Granby and Lanigan elementary schools at the end of January.
Previous drills were held last year at the junior high school and at GRB.