Walton County Schools work to increase the safety of students

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 05:51 PM.

The superintendent formed a task force to address the school district’s safety plan.

“I tasked them with short-term needs and long-term needs,” Anderson said. As well as, “What do we need to do right this minute?”

One of those immediate needs was beefing up security at county elementary schools.

“The Sheriff and I talked and we did put SRDs (school resource deputies) in schools until winter break,” said Anderson. “We know that’s one thing we’ve got to have.”

According to Wendy Ammons with Walton County Sheriff’s Office, this is almost doubling the SRD manpower.

“In response to the tragedy this past Friday, the Sheriff placed deputies at all elementary schools also which added six deputies to the SRD program,” said Ammons. Previously, eight deputies and one supervisor were a part of the program; one deputy was placed at each high school, middle school, and at the Walton Academy.

Anderson is confident that otherwise, preparation has been key to successfully protecting students. Monthly drills have been helpful in preparing teachers and administrators in emergencies from intruders to chemical spills to hurricanes.

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