Madison County Schools and Berea Police took action Sunday night to ensure safety for students after a rumor spread denoting a threat at Madison Southern High School.

Following the tragic high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Madison County Schools released a statement assuring families that they will continue to count student safety as their number one priority.

“There is no way Madison County Schools can accomplish the instructional goals we have set if our students and our staff don’t feel safe while they are at school,” read the statement.

Working with the Kentucky Center for School Safety and local law enforcement, the district has set several safety measures in place.

According to the statement, those measures include:

• High schools voluntarily participate in safety audits by the Kentucky Center for School Safety.

• Adult supervision.

• Fostering relationships with students so each is known by at least one adult advocate.

• School resource officers are placed in middle and high schools.

• During school hours, visitors must enter through the front doors into safety vestibules, which give staff a chance to know who is coming inside and why they are there.

• Many elementary schools have implemented the Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students) program, allowing father figures be trained to supervise/monitor students during the school day.

• Each school has a safety committee, which helps develop safety plans for school buildings.

• Schools conduct periodic lockdown drills to prepare students/staff for emergency situations. Additionally, many safety members have experienced active shooter training by Kentucky State Police.

• The district monitors data from staff/student surveys to know who they feel about the environment they teach/learn in.

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