In crisis situations, many schools have emergency protocols and plans in place. Brunswick County Schools works closely with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office to determine whether a threat is credible or not.
In response to threats made at schools in Los Angeles, Brunswick County School officials have measures in place to keep students safe and families in the know.
"We have to look at where it's coming from, what time was it sent, and we really really rely on our law enforcement officials to help guide that," explained Jessica Swencki, spokesperson for the school system."They are our experts."
All 19 schools in Brunswick County have school resource officers that can serve as the initial response to a situation. It's ultimately up to the sheriff's office to determine how serious a threat is, and whether or not a shelter in place, a lockdown, or cancellation is needed. Throughout the year students have lockdown drills in case of an emergency or threat.
"Crisis happens and these things happen unexpectedly so we have to be prepared," said Swencki.
Social media as well as a program called School Messenger keep families up to date with anything that is happening. School Messenger alerts parents through email, text message, and phone call. Even a lockdown drill will send an alert to families.
"We want to assure our families that we are going to communicate in any situation as quickly as we can with accurate information," Swencki said.
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