Polk has lockdown procedures
According to Director of Schools Dr. James Jones, plans have been in place for years.
All schools in Polk County have an emergency lockdown procedure in the event of tragedies like that of the recent tragedy in Newton, Connecticut. According to Director of Schools Dr. James Jones, plans have been in place for years. Jones said all the schools routinely do practice drills to prepare faculty and staff for an emergency.
“Safety of the students is our number one concern,” Jones said, adding this procedure is specifically designed for school attacks.
According to Jones, each school’s plan differs slightly based upon the layout of the school and the type of school it is. Jones said they take the possibility of violence very seriously and enacted the procedures to help ensure students can be protected.
“We take this very seriously,” Jones said.
Jones said he will not release the hard copies of the procedures to parents, although he understands their concerns. He said he wants everyone to be aware there are plans in place, but letting copies of the procedures out to the public could result in them becoming useless. He stressed that student safety was always on the minds of faculty.
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