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Schools and first responders discuss school safety practices

From Adair County Schools

On July 19, 2021, over 40 community first responders, state and regional representatives and school administrators came together to discuss safe schools practices. Everything from fire drills to lockdown procedures and bus practices were discussed, reviewed and adjusted as needed.

Robbie Harmon, Adair County Schools Safe Schools Coordinator says, "This meeting is an annual occurrence to make sure that there are open lines of communication between our schools and first responders." He goes on to say, "We live in a community that truly believes in collaboration and knows the value of school safety. This is such a blessing for our students, staff, visitors and community as a whole."

The meeting agenda included discussion over current practices in most every emergency situation.


The discussions gave community emergency personnel an opportunity to provide feedback to the schools and district about current practices. New additions to school security were also discussed and the meeting was drawn to a close after looking at school floorplans and dates/times were scheduled for emergency agencies to tour each school. This was an important aspect of the meeting as emergency responders being familiar with each building will save time in time of an emergency situation.

The group heard from Adair Countian Toby Young, who serves a Compliance Officer for the Office of the State School Security Marshall. Young talked about his department's role in helping schools and districts meet criteria that help ensure schools across the state. The group heard the specific results of Mr. Young's spring safety visit to Adair County Schools. The specifics from each school were discussed and they are pleased to know that all schools are in full compliance. There were a few general recommendations from the spring visits and each of those changes were assessed and have been made as well. Dan Orman with the Kentucky Center for School Safety also presented. He discussed safe school trends and focused on the importance of being consistent with visitor protocol and greeting visitors with consistency at the front entrance of the school. Orman commended Adair County Schools for all their measures to keep students, staff and visitors safe. He said that he uses Adair County Schools and fact that the community first responders take such a vested interest in school safety as a "model for schools districts across the state."

Harmon sends his appreciation to the community, regional and state first responders for "taking time out of their busy schedules to sit down and discuss what our schools have in place." He also added "our schools' top priority is to provide a safe place to learn, work and visit. Having the practices in place and reviewed by the experts (emergency personnel) reassures us that we have the right plans in place."

Jordan Williams, ACES Assistant Principal says, "The amount of detail and dedication that our community has to ensure the safety of our students is truly remarkable."

Representatives from the following agencies participated in Monday's meeting:
  • Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan
  • Mayor Pam Hoots
  • Sherriff Josh Brockman
  • Columbia City Police Deptartment
  • Kentucky State Police Post 15
  • Columbia-Adair County Fire Deptartment
  • Breeding Fire Deptartment
  • Adair County 911 Center
  • Adair County EMS
  • Adair County Emergency Management
  • Kentucky Center for Schools Safety-Dan Orman
  • Office of State School Security Marshall-Toby Young
  • Kentucky Emergency Management-Rhonda Green
  • Lake Cumberland Health Deptartment
  • Adair County Cabinet for Health and Family services-Starr Harris
  • Adair County High School
  • Adair County Middle School
  • Adair County Elementary School
  • Adair County Primary Center
  • Adair County Schools Transportation Dept.-Steve Burton
  • Adair County Schools Central Office


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Schools and first responders discuss school safety practices



2021-07-21 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Robbie Harmon.
Dan Orman, Kentucky Center for Schools Safety, speaks with Rhonda Green, Kentucky Emergency Management

Judge Executive Gale Cowan, second from right, speaks with Lake Cumberland District Health Dept. Executive Director Amy Tomlinson and LCDHD Preparedness Manager Sam Price

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Discussing School Safety



2021-07-21 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Robbie Harmon.
Left to right: Jordan Williams, ACES Assistant Principal, Andrea Irvin, ACPC Counselor, Sommer Brown, ACES Principal and Debbie Bradshaw, ACPC Principal discuss emergency plans at their respective schools.

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Discussing School Safety



2021-07-21 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Robbie Harmon.
Left to Right: Jimmy Luttrell, School Resource Officer at Adair CountyMiddle School, Toby Young, State School Security Compliance Officer, and Anthony Darnell, Assistant Principal ACHS/part-time officer with Columbia City Police Dept.

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School safety meeting



2021-07-21 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Robbie Harmon.
On July 19, 2021, over 40 community first responders, state and regional representatives and school administrators came together to discuss safe schools practices. Everything from fire drills to lockdown procedures and bus practices were discussed, reviewed and adjusted as needed.

School staff, School Resource Officers, Columbia-Adair Co Fire, Breeding Fire Dept, KSP Post 15 and Adair County 911 Center bounced safe school ideas off each other and took notes from the meeting.

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