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Dr. David Copeland, Madison County Superintendent Says Safety is Number One
Dr. Copeland says that students must feel safe in order to learn and employees must feel comfortable if they are to do their best in educating the children.
By: Dr. David Copeland
The school system also has six School Resource Officers that assist with safety throughout the district. “Though educating children is what we do,” says Dr. Copeland, “Safety is number one in Madison County Schools.” Dr. Copeland says that students must feel safe in order to learn and employees must feel comfortable if they are to do their best in educating the children. “Funding is a always a problem, but if funds were available,” say Dr. Copeland, “I would like to have an SRO in every school in Madison County, but the funds are just not there.”
Dr. Copeland says that we can never be ready for a crisis but in his words, “We hope to have the best safety plans ever and not have to use them.” He required all administrator at the Central Office, all principals and assistants principals at the local schools to attend a full day of active shooter training conducted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department, through their partnership, provided the active shooter training and other training for the school system at no cost to the district.
Dr. Copeland realizes that a task such as this takes the cooperation of the entire community. With the help of his staff, Dr. Copeland has worked closely with the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and has instituted quarterly safety meetings with the local sheriff and his department. Dr. Copeland values the partnership that the school system shares with the community and especially the Madison County Sheriff Department; he says that many of the things that have been done could not have been without their help. Dr. Copeland also plans to start alternate school start times for the 2014-2015 school year to enhance the safety of students that ride buses.