CHECKS STARTING - Random bag checks at Fulton City High School ran smoothly on the first morning of the new process.
John Dillard and Brad Rozzell were the faculty members conducting the checks at the high school entrance Monday morning. Kent Green – DPP, Buildings & Grounds and the School Safety Administrator – and Dr. Deanna Miller, FIS Superintendent, were on hand to observe the first day’s events.
No students complained when they were asked by Rozzell to place their backpacks on a table to be wanded and checked by Dillard. Nothing out of the ordinary was found in any of the bags checked at the high school entryway.
The bag checks have been implemented as part of the district’s plan to enhance school safety measures. On Tuesday, March 13, the FIS School Board approved new policies in the both the district’s search and seizure policy and the emergency response guidelines. In a press release provided after the board meeting, Green stated the changes will “provide additional ways to prevent and mitigate additional safety concerns in our district.”
A list of details about the random bag checks was issued prior to Monday’s start date. The information included:
- Random bag checks will start Monday, March 26, and continue every day for the rest of the school year at the middle and high school.
- Backpacks, purses and ball bags are open to being checked when students come into the building.
- The random selection of the students being checked is through a predetermined number schedule. Your student may not be checked every day when they arrive.
- When bags are checked, faculty are checking for dangerous items, weapons, or illegal substances in violation of our handbook policy
- Students are expected to comply with faculty instructions. If they do not, disciplinary action can be taken.