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School safety assessments completed

Security assessments at all Washington County schools were completed prior to the last day of school on May 24.
Director of Schools Ron Dykes reported the news to county commissioners last week. A report on the findings is expected within 30 days, he noted.
Safariland Group, of Jacksonville, Fla., was hired for $12,000 to assess two schools and design a model for identifying threats and vulnerabilities at all schools.
A team from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office accompanied Safariland on assessments at David Crockett High School and Fall Branch Elementary School to get training on the process.
WCSO officers then conducted the remaining 12 assessments on their own at no charge, with support provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.
All parties involved agreed the assessments would be more valuable if done while school was still in session and the flow of student traffic could be observed. A final decision on which organization would conduct the assessments wasn’t made until May 2, requiring quick action to complete the assessments before school ended.
According to Dykes, the assessments were conducted with minimal disruption to classrooms.
The findings will be used to make recommendations for the best means to protect county students.