Rutherford County School Board adds ‘school safety day’ to 2023-24 school calendar

The day would provide administrators and teachers to review safety plans.
The Rutherford County School Board will consider adding a day to the calendar to review school safety plans.
Published: Apr. 19, 2023 at 4:19 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2023 at 7:31 PM CDT
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WSMV) - The Rutherford County School Board voted Wednesday night on designating a day to school safety during its board meeting.

This would add a second administrative day to focus on school safety and security to the school calendar. There is already a designated day at the start of the school year in the fall.

Rutherford County Director of Schools Jimmy Sullivan said the day is meant to review current procedures already in place. It would close the school to students and focus on administrative training.

“The first thing is we want to make sure that we control access to our buildings. That is a delicate balance between making sure that we have secure access but also having a welcoming environment,” Sullivan said. “We have crisis codes for all different types of things - whether it is a fire, a lockdown, a gas leak, whether we have evacuation - every school has individual teams. Then they each train those teams to make sure they know how to respond in the event of a crisis.”

Sullivan said the district has great and effective safety plans in place. There is also at least one School Resource Officer (SRO) at every school in the district.

“You can never be too safe, and we always want to make sure we’re continuing to prepare for the event that something horrible were to happen,” Sullivan said.