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DCSS committee meets to discuss safety

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"We're constantly trained, we're constantly preparing for the worst case scenario," Chief Troy Conley told school board members. 

It's a conversation being held in school systems across the country. Are our schools safe? And after Monday's safety and security committee meeting, school officials are confident that Dougherty County is moving in the right direction.

"I feel like our schools are safe. We're looking at it. We're absolutely not being complacent," said Dr. Lane Price, school board member.

Dougherty County School System Chief of Police Troy Conley updated the committee on what has been done since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in December.

"We are taking a closer look at the safety mechanisms at all of our system locations, educational facilities and administrative facilities as a whole," said Conley.

Conley says they have a great working relationship with other law enforcement agencies in the county and city. But now Georgia State Patrol and the Department of Natural Resources are also stepping in to help protect our children.

"At this point in time we're currently scheduling meetings. I look forward to some collaborative training in the near future between all agencies as a whole and then I guess maybe a break down of certain agencies, just to more or less fine tune what we're workings towards," said Conley.

Director of Student Support Services Barbara Turner says the Sandy Hook shooting prompted them to focus more on the policies and procedures at the elementary school level.

"We're looking closely at those because normally the person would look at going to high schools where the older kids are. Sandy Hook told us that they went the babies. So we're looking at the areas where our youngsters are to ensure that they are safe," said Turner

And school officials aren't just looking at safety. Turner says it's important to make sure we're aware of mental health issues and help those students within the school system, with the aid of community agencies.

Dr. Lane Price says the committee will most likely meet again in a couple of months and look at the progress that's being made.

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The Dougherty County Schools Board safety and security committee is meeting this morning.

Dr. Lane Price, Rev. James Bush, Milton "June Bug" Griffin and Dr. David Mosely are being briefed on current school safety policies. 

Dr. Price says as a new board member she wants to make sure our schools are safe. 

The Newtown, Connecticut shooting back in December has increased school safety concerns across the country. 

During today's safety and security committee meeting, Dougherty County School Police Chief Troy Conley told members about current plans to partner with GSP and the DNR to enhance school safety. 

Conley says they already have a great relationship with their sister agencies in Albany and Dougherty County.  But the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary has forced school police agencies across the country to revisit their active shooter plans. 

Barbara Turner, the Director of Student Services, also addresses committee members.  She talked about the ongoing effort with local agencies to offer counseling for students in need.

 

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