2017-09-09 / The Bullhorn

New safety procedures introduced at RCS

By Madison Fuller
Bullhorn Editor


Jimmy Lewis and Sons continues work on the new parking lot at RCS. When complete, it will provide additional parking and relieve traffic congestion on Lake Drive. 
Grace Hardy Jimmy Lewis and Sons continues work on the new parking lot at RCS. When complete, it will provide additional parking and relieve traffic congestion on Lake Drive. Grace Hardy With a new parking lot under construction, Roxboro Community School (RCS) has developed new procedures regarding traffic flow, safety and efficiency.

The new lot is anticipated to help with traffic congestion by decreasing the number of cars that come onto Lake Drive. It will also provice additional parking spaces for students, staff, visitors and extra-curricular activities.

Although the parking lot is not yet complete, RCS staff and administration have already introduced new parking and safety procedures. These procedures include students reporting to the multipurpose room in the morning before classes start, not sitting in their cars before school or during lunch, and not going to their cars in the middle of the school day.

Since the start of the 2017-2018 school year, many RCS students have questioned the new procedures. When contacted, RCS administration explained the new policies.

“They [students] see that they’ve lost things, but they don’t understand the why all the time,” said Donna Ingram, interim managing executive director (MED).

At the beginning and end of every school year, schools must go through safety training. Lockdown drills, fire drills and tornado drills, and other safety procedures have to be examined, said Ingram. With the school reaching over 700 students and approximately 70 faculty members, safety procedures must be updated.

When students get to school in the morning, they now have to report to the multipurpose room. They are released to their classes at 7:50 a.m. Ingram said the reasoning behind this is so faculty and staff know where everybody is located if something dangerous were to happen.

“What do we do for our kids if somebody came out there and started a rampage? How do we get you from your car to a safe place?” said Ingram, pointing to different parking areas. “We have kids over there, we have kids over here, we have kids at the front; the best thing we can do to know where everybody is and to lock people down is to get you out, away, and into one place,” explained Ingram. “With the push of a button, we can lock you down over there. We want everybody in one spot. We have to stop operating under the assumption that it can’t happen to us.”

All of the new procedures are oriented around RCS students’ safety.

The administrators repeatedly pointed out the need for student and staff safety.

Darkarai Bryant, high school principal, concluded that safety is always of utmost importance.

“We look at safety twofold,” said Bryant. “It’s a combination of proactive and reactive approaches to addressing needs. It’s always best to be proactive in addressing any issue, and simply by monitoring, being visible and putting procedure in place to mitigate possible problems is what we strive for.

“We also have to have procedure in place to address things when they occur, but we think it best to deter them from occurring in the first place.”

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