Fluvanna School Administrators, Sheriff Team Up to Improve School Crisis Plans
One comprehensive plan for school safety is the goal in Fluvanna County. The sheriff met with school administrators Tuesday to put together a crisis management plan for every school, public or private.
Tuesday's meeting was scheduled long before Friday's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. Fluvanna County Sheriff Ryant Washington wants to create a consistent plan for deputies and school staff to respond if something like that happens in Fluvanna.
Sheriff Washington is working with schools to create a countywide plan to manage a crisis on campus. He invited administrators from Fluvanna Public Schools, Fork Union Military Academy, Effort Christian School, and Oakland School to help develop the plan Tuesday.
"What we're going to do is get even more specific," said Fluvanna County Superintendent Gena Keller.
"This is our template of how we respond to a school crisis, but knowing each school is going to have their own, individual plan," said Washington.
Their goal is to create a common language.
"Whether it's code red, code yellow, code green, code blue, that we understand what that means and that our staff understands what to do when that code is issued," said Keller.
The plan will put in place a uniform set of procedures, staff training, and information sharing for all schools. Last week's deadly elementary school shooting in Connecticut enhances the urgency to finish this plan for Fluvanna County.
"It deepens your awareness and it deepens your degree of responsibility to make sure we stay on top of this kind of planning," said Keller.
The sheriff's office will train school staff to follow the new crisis plan. It's a relationship between law enforcement and educators that the county hopes will prepare them for the unthinkable.
"It's important we work real closely so we're thoroughly trained and prepared as best as we can be to protect our children and our staff," said Keller.
The sheriff expects to finish a draft in the next few weeks for the group to review at its next meeting in January. Fluvanna Public Schools hope to begin training individual school staff in the spring.
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