School safety starts with teamwork!
The Columbia County School District holds the safety of students and staff as a top priority. Dedicated School Resource Officers (SROs) will take the lead in ensuring the safety of schools, however, each and every person has a crucial role and responsibility to help keep our schools safe places to work and learn.
How can you help?
- SROs work closely with school administration to ensure proper planning and implementation of school safety plans, including routine, planned and unplanned emergency response and preparedness drills, which each school conducts year-round. Students and staff should take these training opportunities seriously and learn exit routes and courses of action at the onset of each drill.
- Students and staff entering a school building through an exterior door should always check to be sure the door closes immediately and securely behind them.
- Students and staff should never allow any person into a school building through any exterior door. All incoming and outgoing visitors should enter facilities through the buzz-in systems at the front of each building. These systems are in place to ensure supervised access to the building.
- Students and staff are encouraged to participate in the See Something, Say Something campaign and communicate any suspicious behavior or activity to school administration or a teacher, or contact the Columbia County School District Anonymous Tip Hotline at 706-541-3600.
These seemingly small efforts can make a big difference in the overall safety of schools. School safety reminders are communicated regularly during the school year, and parents are encouraged to speak with their children about the importance of school safety and how to do their part all year long.