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Community conversation on safety/security set for Cross High on Tuesday, March 20

Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hanahan safety and security meeting

Law enforcement officials attended the March 5 Community Conversation in Hanahan and helped explain to parents how some crisis situations are managed. (BCSD photo)

"Is my child's school safe?" - It's a question still on the mind of many parents in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Fla. 

As parents question what can be done, what should be done and what is already being done to keep schools safe, Berkeley County School District is working to provide answers.

BCSD continues to host community conversations during which safety/security is expected to be the primary topic. The informal community gatherings are designed to give parents an opportunity to speak with district administrators and provide invaluable feedback. It’s also an opportunity for parents to learn more about plans already in place and the school district’s vision.

The next conversation is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at Cross High School. It’s expected to last until about 7:30.

"We try to do everything we can to make sure parents know that the safety of their children is our top priority," Safety and Security Coordinator Tim Knight said. "We don't take just one approach to safety, and we want parents to walk away from these meetings with as much insight as possible."

After Tuesday's gathering at Cross, there will be a meeting on April 9 at Philip Simmons High School. Additional safety and security conversations are forthcoming and will be announced once dates, times and locations have been confirmed.

BCSD’s first meeting centering on safety was held at Hanahan Middle School on March 5 and was well-attended. Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram said he hopes to see the same positive turnout with productive conversation at future gatherings.

“It’s true that it takes a whole village to prepare a child for the future,” Dr. Ingram said. “We hope with these meetings we can gain a better understanding from that village. We don’t have all the answers when it comes to incident prevention, but we will do our best in providing a place of learning that’s safe for today’s child and those working to prepare them for the future.”


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Brian Troutman