School Safety Planning

  • Safety officer with students

    Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA), Paulding County Emergency Management, and our Paulding County Public Safety Partners, are offered an opportunity to review and provide input for emergency plans for all Paulding County School District facilities. These plans are reviewed and revised annually, or as needed.

    All schools and school districts in the state are required to have emergency plans that protect students, staff, and campus visitors. School safety plans include, but are not limited to, the following planning: 

    • Fire evacuations
    • Tornado and severe weather drills
    • Lockdown procedures
    • Emergency school closing
    • Shelter in place
    • Outdoor activities / extreme weather
    • Biological, Radiological and Chemical spills and threats
    • Visitor access to the facility
    • Staff training in First Aid and CPR

    These plans include planning for complete campus evacuation and parent reunification should the need arise. For the safety and security of students and staff members, the exact location of these reunification sites will be disclosed to guardians when students are safely transported to that location. The goal of school safety planning is to protect every student, staff, guardian and other campus visitor.

    Drills are conducted each month to exercise several of the plans outlined above. Fire and severe weather drills are conducted in accordance with State Fire Marshal guidance, while lockdown drills are conducted every 9 weeks by each school. You may check the status of your school's monthly drills here.  

    Each school in our district has a School Safety Coordinator who attends quarterly training. The School Safety Coordinator at each facility has been specifically trained in developing and implementing school safety plans and procedures.

    In addition to localized resources, the Paulding County School District employs School Safety Officers who work with schools daily to identify safety and security issues at each facility, and work towards finding appropriate resolution to these issues. These officers work in conjunction with community partners to further enhance and add additional layers to our whole community approach in safety and security.