March 16, 2014
There's a plan of action for just about every situation. They're revised and updated each year.
That's why both Augusta and Rockingham County schools have extensive emergency plans.
"If you went to any one of our schools and asked to see the safe school plan you would see a document that is this thick to see what to do and where to go," Dr. John Kidd says.
The crisis plans include everything from an intruder in the school to a bus accident or bomb threat, now you can add terrorism to the list.
Parts of existing plans will be combined to make a new plan of action for terrorism, for example now Rockingham has code words, those could be used or even hand-held sirens, it'll also depend on location.
Either way, this law requires them to be prepared.
If a crisis plan should be enacted, the lines of communication will stay open between parents and the school. And in most cases you'll still be able to pick your child up if you want to.
The new terrorism crisis plan will be discussed at Augusta County's school board meeting on July 11.