Forum highlights safety procedures in Worcester County Schools
A packed house sat in on a community forum, title Keeping Our Kids Safe, an event put on by the NAACP Worcester chapter. Held at the Ocean Pines Library Thursday evening, concerned parents turned out to listen to the safety procedures from school and police officials.
Worcester officials say they look to improve their safety and emergency plans annually.
School Safety Officer Steve Price highlighted procedures schools take including single point of entry into schools, reunification plans to unite children and parents in an emergency, and the plans to upgrade each school's communication devices with 9-1-1 to the most up-to-date technology.
"We trained once a year in the summer months when we get all the principals together to talk about how you can improve in the emergency plan," says Price. "We have different strategies that we go over and it's been very helpful to us to do that."
During a question session with parents, Price added that social media has added a new element to threats posed to schools, and that the district is working on methods to make after school activities, such as sporting events, safer.
We asked Price about the house bill in Maryland, introduced by Del. Impallaria, that would allow districts to work with law enforcement to train certain individuals to carry guns as a deterrent in schools. Price says he is currently in talks with the Sheriffs Office and school board to see if that's an effective means to increase school safety.