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Friday June 24th, 2022 7:14PM

Hall County Schools Superintendent speaks on school safety

By Austin Eller Assistant News Director
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Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield spoke on WDUN's The Martha Zoller Show Wednesday morning about the safety of schools in the district.

Schofield's comments came one day after 19 children and two teachers were shot and killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

He told Martha Zoller the Hall County School District has been dedicated to securing schools and keeping students safe, even throughout the pandemic.

"I find it fascinating that when the pandemic hit we went from weekly conversations nationally about securing targets, about making certain vulnerable institutions safer," Schofield said. "All of a sudden, apparently we didn't have any safety issues anymore. I would just like to reassure our parents, our community, that we have never wavered."

Schofield said one of the most important things they have done was establish a protocol to keep any potential danger from entering school buildings.

"You don't just walk up and come into a Hall County School District building," Schofield said.

Schofield said they also have an excellent relationship with local law enforcement, especially as it relates to school resource officers.

"We have SROs that are at every one of our middle and high schools," Schofield said. "We've even taken some steps to beef up security at some of our summer school programs with some SRO presence."

Schofield said they will also continue to take a proactive approach by focusing on the mental health issues that many children deal with.

The full interview with Schofield can be found at the SoundCloud link at the top of this story.

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