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Aside from educating students, the safety of our students and staff is one of the main priorities of Wilson County Schools. A District Safety Team was formed in January 2013 after the Sandy Hook tragedy to look at current procedures, research best practices and make adjustments to emergency plans. This team quickly expanded and now has representation from the school system as well as law enforcement and numerous other departments. In 2015, Wilson County Schools received the Director’s Award from NC Emergency Management in recognition of being one of the safest school districts in the state

What Safety Processes Does WCS Have in Place?

- Monthly District Safety Team Meetings with leaders from WCS, law enforcement, the fire department, emergency management, social services and emergency medical services and Wilson 20/20

- Buzz-in systems installed at outside doors of schools

- Picture ID badges distributed and worn by staff at all times

- CPR/AED training offered for all interested staff members at no cost

- Table Top Incident Scenarios conducted by Wilson County Emergency Management with all school-level Incident Command Teams

- Lockdown Drills with Law Enforcement

- School Emergency plans updated

- Safety assessments conducted at each school and feedback given to principals on best practices and suggested improvements

- Emergency bags supplied to every classroom

- CPR/AED training offered for all interested staff members at no cost

- Incident Command Teams identified at each school

- Panic buttons installed in schools to notify law enforcement in an emergency

- Intercom systems assessed

- Stop arm cameras placed on buses

- Communication procedures assessed to ensure parents are receiving the information they need in emergencies 

- An app is in the works that parents/staff could download to recieve push notifications in emergencies or inclement weather

- An Active Assailant Training Exercise held in 2014 in collaboration with law enforcement and other partners to simulate an active shooter in a school 

- Parent Reunification Training Exercise held in 2016 in collaboration with law enforcement to simulate reunifying parents and children. It was the first exercise of its kind in the state.

- Parents fill out Reunification Forms to ensure their child is reunited with family during an emergency

- Training of Central Office Staff to assist schools with Parent Reunification

- Enhanced evacuation and shelter drills to test responses

- Training for bus drivers and ALL students to adhere to state policy regarding bus safety -


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