TODAY: DCSS to hold active shooter drill

TODAY: DCSS to hold active shooter drill
Monroe High School

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School System is testing its readiness in the event of an active shooter.

The school system will be conducting an active shooter drill at Monroe High School Friday morning, starting at 8 a.m.

“The plan is designed to test the district’s readiness for critical events, our cooperation with other agencies in Georgia and Dougherty County, and to build confidence among parents that your district and school leaders are serious about keeping your students safe,” the school district wrote on its website.

The school district released what will happen during the drill:

  • An actor will enter the building Friday morning.
  • Weapon discharge sounds will be simulated.
  • Some students have volunteered to act as “injured casualties.”
  • Law enforcement and EMS will clear the school and conduct a school evacuation. All students and employees will be taken by bus to a designated offsite location.
  • Employees and students will then be temporarily relocated to a large area for check-in procedures before being taken back to school for lunch and for classes to continue.

The school will be placed on “enhanced security measures” around 8:30 a.m. Friday, the school system said.

If a student isn’t in school by that time, the school district said the school doors will be locked for the duration of the drill.

Throughout the week we’ll be communicating with staff, parents, students and the community to raise awareness about the drill and ensure that no one is surprised come Friday. We will be posting to social media, using traditional media and using our mass parent notification system to keep you and the community informed."
Dougherty County School System

Law enforcement and government agencies will participate in the drill with school staff.

Director of Community Relations LaKisha Bryant Bruce said this event will allow the school district to be ready in case a real active shooter situation was to ever occur.

“In a real-life situation, we want to make sure that everybody understands what they need to do, where they need to go and how they need to respond. But most importantly, how to keep our students and our staff safe," said Bruce.

More information on the drill can be found here.

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