Faculty and staff of Jonathan Alder High School will participate in a safety training on Friday, Oct. 21, as part of the nationwide Safe Schools Week.
Since Oct. 21 is a pre-scheduled Professional Development Day, students will not be in the building.
Plain City Police Officer Gary Sigrist will lead the training in cooperation with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Pleasant Valley Fire Department.
Training will include active shooter simulations, as well as tapletop exercises in a variety of emergency scenarios, according to a district press release.
On Oct. 18, at Canaan Middle School, in preparation for the district training, a small group of teachers have volunteered to undergo a more intense exercise which is an abbreviated training of what officers go through to prepare themselves for an active shooter event. This exercise will involve force-on-force airsoft firearms in a school setting.
America’s Safe Schools Week was established in 1984 by the National School Safety Center.
Jane Beathard is a contributing writer for The Advocate