By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy, schools across the nation have re-examined and, sometimes even, revamped their security plans.
The Rome City Schools can be counted among them. A presentation at their board meeting Tuesday night revealed a revised safety plan that has been in the works since the December tragedy. Interim Superintendent Lucian Harris worked side by side with City Police Chief Elaine Snow in adding new security measures, like new emergency safety procedures and increased cop surveillance at all city schools. Also new, is a radio at each school, which provides a direct link to the 911 call center.
“I think the radio will help as well as the training our principals and central office staff received, because as I said, all they have to do is press a button and they’re talking immediately to the 911 center,” Harris said. “I was impressed with the Rome Police being able to respond in two minutes if they got a call from one of our schools.”
City officers also plan to familiarize themselves with the schools by touring them after hours, especially taking notice to the cafeterias and media centers. And, if the unthinkable should occur, new procedures have staff and teachers in designated spots and every door in the school locked.
Preparations are underway for emergency preparedness drills, but none have been scheduled officially as of yet.