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Area schools look for ways to improve safety


School safety is a big priority in schools around the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry. On Wednesday, at the Savannah-Chatham School Board meeting, WTOC caught up with school police chief Ulysses Bryant. He says he has already completed a comprehensive assessment of the safety of schools. They are currently looking at ways to improve safety including locking doors, adding buzzers and making sure local law enforcement officials know the schools.

"We are making an extended effort, for instance, where officers on patrol near schools in the area. They would stop in and get to know the staff and get to know the layout of the schools. Incase there was an emergency related to an intrusion or active shooter, they would know the layout and that the response would be executed and coordinated," said Ulysses.

"We have a very well trained campus police department. And now with the tragic events that have occurred, we certainly have a greater heightened awareness. Our campus police department is very good at doing campus security assessments across the district," said Kurt Hetager, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System spokesperson.

Ulysses says they are also working to retrain school personnel on how to react to different safety issues. 

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