Georgia's School Safety Committee comes to Ringgold
The goal of the school safety committee is to hear from people who know the school best: students and teachers.
A school safety committee, appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle made a stop in North Georgia. Friday, nine senators from across the state were at Ringgold High School to help improve school security.
The house study committee on school security was created earlier this year in the wake of the fatal school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Before the end of this year, the nine Georgia senators will make six stops across the Peach State.
Their first and only stop in the Channel 3 viewing area is in Catoosa County.
“It was a very big honor. We were glad to do it,” said Catoosa County Schools Superintendent Denia Reese.
Parents, teachers, first responders and students gave their input on how to better secure schools.
“My main concern is hardening of the buildings and adding security to the schools. Training is also very important,” said sophomore student, Daley Culberson.
Catoosa County’s school safety plan is approved by the state's emergency management agency. It meets state standards for security inside schools.
“Our plan was approved and asked to be shared with other school systems in Georgia. We have such a comprehensive school safety plan. We have been working on our plan for four years,” said Superintendent Reese.
Each year Catoosa County students are required to complete 10 safety drills throughout the school year.
“We have a fire drill every month, we also have what we call a bomb threat drill, and we have severe weather drills, tornado drills. So our students know what to do in case of an emergency.”
But the state doesn't require any active shooter drills. It's an extra drill all Catoosa County Schools do throughout the school year.
Superintendent Denia Reese hopes her presentation will make it mandatory for all schools in the state.
“It is sad that we have to do those things in today's world. It is a necessity. We are not going to take a chance on student's lives,” said Reese.
Once the tour is complete, the committee will present its findings to state lawmakers in January. They will then vote to adopt any new recommendations for the following school year.