The district, working alongside Mr. Davis and his administrators at Monroe Comprehensive High School and local law enforcement and government agencies, will be conducting an active shooter exercise on Friday morning at the school. The plan is designed to test the district’s readiness for critical events, our cooperation with other agencies in Georgia and Dougherty County, and to build confidence among parents that your district and school leaders are serious about keeping your students safe.
That being said, there will be some realistic elements to this scenario.
- There will be an actor who will enter the building Friday morning.
- There will be sounds that simulate the discharge of weapons.
- A small set of students have volunteered to serve as injured casualties.
- Additionally, law enforcement and EMS will clear the school and will conduct an evacuation of the school and all employees and students will be taken by bus to a designated reunification point offsite.
- Once there, staff and students will be temporarily relocated to a large area to allow for some brief check-in procedures before being bussed back to the school for lunch and to resume classes.
All told, the whole exercise will take a few hours.
It’s important that you know that the school will be placed on enhanced security measures around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning. If your student isn’t in school by that time and you drop your student off, the doors to the school will be locked for the duration of the drill.
We encourage you to take this opportunity to talk to your students about school safety, your school safety plan and to make sure that your emergency contact information on file with the school is correct. You can also download our DCSS app and choose your school as a school you’d like to follow to receive updates and alerts about the school.
Throughout the week we’ll be communicating with staff, parents, students and the community to raise awareness about the drill and ensure that no one is surprised come Friday. We will be posting to social media, using traditional media and using our mass parent notification system to keep you and the community informed.