Dr. David Daigneault states, “The District would like to take this opportunity to remind all of our families that we have a plan in place at each school, that we are currently reevaluating, to handle emergency situations. We work with the Grenada police and fire departments to prepare for these types of emergencies and regularly practice our safety procedures with students and staff through discussions and emergency exercises. While no amount of planning can guarantee that a tragedy will not occur, we are doing everything we know to keep students and staff safe while at school. We do want to take this opportunity to remind all of our Grenada families that we conduct regular drills, including those for a building lockdown, and that we have a screening check-in process for all visitors to the campus.”
We constantly review our safety plans and to reevaluate the processes we have in place. We are currently reviewing our process for visitors to enter the school and we wish to re-emphasize that it is imperative that you assist us as parents in following our front office procedures when arriving on campus. Use front entrances only when visiting school and check into the office immediately upon arrival; don’t forget also to let us know when you are leaving the campus. As a result of the policies, procedures, and training that we currently have in place, our staff has been prepared for crisis management.
As part of our security processes, Grenada uses a variety of strategies for the protection of our students such as: performing regular emergency drills, practicing building lockdowns, fire, tornado, and earthquake drills, mounting of security cameras in place at all schools, locking of exterior doors, and placing security officers on duty at all schools. We have crisis emergency plans in place, and we have an ongoing process for revising, evaluating, and updating our plans.
The development of our Crisis Management Plan, created in 2010, follows the Mississippi Department of Education outline and was devised through collaboration with local emergency officials consisting of police, fire department, sheriff’s department, and civil defense. All of these entities are familiar with school layouts, have surveyed our schools for potential problems, and have provided input for the Plan. We are reconvening our crisis team to check and improve our current plans. We are currently reviewing our Plan with principals and teachers to further emphasize the importance of preparation and awareness. Our current