Teresa Hamilton Hall
Roanoke County Public Information Director
Office: (540) 772-2010
Public Safety Agencies to Hold Safety Drills & Assessments
Events scheduled while Roanoke County schools are out for spring break
This week, the public may notice a strong public safety presence at various Roanoke County schools. There is no reason for anyone to be alarmed. Schools are out this week for spring break and the area’s public safety agencies are taking the opportunity to conduct safety and security assessments at each of the county’s schools.
The agencies and organizations participating include the Roanoke County Police and Fire and Rescue departments, Roanoke County schools, Vinton Police, and the Virginia State Police. Each school will go through a detailed assessment in order to locate any concerns that relate to the safety or security of the physical property, as well as the persons who may be present during the time the schools are open. At the conclusion of the assessments, a summary of the findings will be provided to school administration.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, there will be a training exercise at Northside High School that will center on a law enforcement response to active shooters. The Roanoke County Police Department wants to make citizens aware that this is only a training drill and request they do not come to the area of Northside High School. Citizens are not allowed to view or participate in the drills.
The assessments and training are being conducted this week as schools are out for spring break. This affords an opportunity to use the schools for longer periods of time without disrupting regular instructional periods.