School safety is a priority in the Savannah-Chatham County School District.
School Board President Jolene Byrne tells News 3 they take the safety of all students seriously.
As part of its safety plan, the board recently purchased more than 30 portable metal detectors.
Byrne sent to this comment to WSAV tonight- “It is important to the Board that our schools feel welcoming and safe, not like prisons or even airports. For that reason, the metal detectors are used on an as-needed basis, and are not stationed at doors every day. However, metal detectors are only one of many strategies the district employs to keep students safe. All schools are locked and can only be accessed with the permission of front office staff. Our Campus Police work closely with Metro Police to share information and resources. I have every confidence in their ability to determine if a threat is credible, and if it is, to take the steps necessary to keep our students safe. In addition to the police, our social workers, school counselors, and administrators are all working together to identify any students who might be involved in gang related activity so that appropriate interventions can be implemented. Student safety and well-being is always our first priority.” Byrne also says the metal detectors can be moved to different schools or athletic events as needed.