Following the Aug. 27 shooting at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County, Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications for Harford County Public Schools provided the following list of school building safety measures currently in place in HCPS.
The list is followed by a statement on the shootings from U.S. Rep. Andy Harris.
1. Each school has a critical incident plan and drills are conducted every year to ensure that the plan can be executed effectively.
2. Harford County Public Schools has an excellent working relationship with local and state fire, police, and EMS. Active-shooter drills are conducted with key players to practice the role of each agency in an emergency.
3. HCPS Administrators have been trained in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) program. NIMS is an emergency preparedness program created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
4. All schools are locked down with a visitor management system in place to help ensure that all buildings remain safe.
5. A School Resource Officer is assigned to each high school. Those officers also serve the feeder elementary and middle schools.
6. Weapons of any kind are not allowed on school property or buses.
From U.S. Rep Andy Harris:
Rep. Andy Harris released the following statement regarding the tragic shooting today at Perry Hall High School:
“My deepest thoughts and prayers are with the victim, students, faculty and families affected by today’s tragic shooting at Perry Hall High School,” said Rep. Andy Harris. “I would like to commend the school faculty and the Baltimore County Police Department for their handling of this unthinkable event.”