MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Bibb County School Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones says new safety procedures could include metal detectors at schools.
Jones says a pilot program will bring metal detectors to Westside High School.
“This pilot is intended to help us truly learn what the advantages and disadvantages are, and if that is a direction we can and should go in.” says Jones.
Superintendent Jones says the district is finishing up the revisions to its safety procedures which will also include changes to the use of searches.
Jones says the district will also conduct random searches in an effort to increase student awareness.
“I believe these actions will help make us safer, and you can rest better knowing we have increased our security measures,” says Jones.
The procedures for the random searches will be discussed at a later date.
In the video below, you’ll find some of the procedures already in place to keep students safe.
Here’s Dr. Jones’ full statement:
What actions can we take to ensure our schools are safe? How can we ensure students are not bringing weapons to school? How can we be reasonably certain that if a weapon is brought to school that we will know about it so we can ensure the safety of all?
These questions have been on my mind a lot lately. I want to thank you for providing advice, recommendations and, in some cases, sitting on advisory councils with me to share your thoughts.
We are finishing up revisions to our safety procedures. As part of that process, we have made the decision to conduct a pilot program of metal detectors at Westside High School. This pilot is intended to help us truly learn what the advantages and disadvantages are, and if that is a direction we can and should go in.
We are also revising our use of searches. Currently, we are putting together a process for random searches at all levels to increase student awareness. We want students to feel safe knowing we are aware that their safety is paramount. Many thanks to David Gowan and his team for their work in revising our security procedures.
As part of this message, I would like to share with you a link to short video about some of the current procedures we have in place to ensure our campuses are safe for all. Please watch the video at https://youtu.be/aMAVlNacfWY. In the very near future, we will share with you the new procedures for random searches as well.
I believe these actions will help make us safer, and you can rest better knowing we have increased our security measures. Thank you for your continued support.
Curtis Jones, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Bibb County School District