GSD Crisis Management Plans
The Grenada School District students, staff, and administration were deeply saddened to hear the news of the school shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. This concern grew with the information of the additional violence in our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members. The safety of our students is always the top priority in our District and we take seriously our responsibility to ensure the safety of our students every day.
The District would like to take this opportunity to remind all of our families that we have a Crisis Management Plan in place at each school to handle emergency situations. This Plan has been reevaluated and additional safety procedures have been added to strengthen our Plan. Several initiatives have already been implemented and several are in progress, including electronic entry systems with audio and video, metal detectors, additional security guards, and interior and exterior cameras.
We work with the Grenada police and fire departments to prepare for emergencies and regularly practice our safety procedures with students and staff through discussions and emergency exercises. While no amount of planning can guarantee that a tragedy such as this will not occur, we are doing everything we know to keep students and staff safe while at school. We conduct regular drills, including those for a building lockdown and for fire, tornado, and earthquake, and that we have a screening check-in process for all visitors to the campus. All exterior doors are locked and security officers are on duty at all schools.
We have an ongoing process for revising, evaluating, and updating our Plan. Our Crisis Management Plan follows the Mississippi Department of Education outline and was devised through collaboration with local emergency officials consisting of police, fire department, sheriff’s department, City Council members, Board of Supervisors, and civil defense. All of these entities are familiar with school layouts, have surveyed our schools for potential problems, and have provided input for the Plan. In the wake of the Connecticut tragedy, we have reconvened our crisis team and checked and improved our current plans.
We are currently re-teaching and reviewing our Plan with principals and teachers to further emphasize the importance of preparation and awareness. Our current Crisis Management Plan, listed on the school website for parents to peruse, is revised and updated annually and reviewed by the Board of Trustees.