School district to hold evacuation drill on Sept. 25

By Barry H. Hendrix

The Thomasville City Schools District will hold a live emergency evacuation drill for both the elementary and high school campuses on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The morning drill will be held in conjunction with the Thomasville Police Department and the Clarke County Emergency Management Agency (EMA).

Portions of Gates Drive and Quincy Ingram Street will be blocked for the drill. “It’s an actual full fledged practice,” said school superintendent Garth Moss. There will be a large police presence. The practice is needed to plan for a number of possible threats to the campus. 

“We want to be pro-active,” he said. “We thought it was better to do a live drill. Let’s carry it all the way through. Bring the kids to the sites and explain it to them – so they are not surprised.”

Overall security and protection of students, faculty and staff is essential for the school system, the superintendent said.

School officials want parents and members of the Thomasville community to have an early notice of the drill and the traffic issues involved. Notices will be sent home to parents from the schools, and information will be provided on traditional media and the Internet.

The elementary staff will have is drill first, beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. Faculty, staff and students (fourth through sixth grade) will walk from the school to a holding area inside Pineview Baptist Church.

Students (kindergarten through third grade) and special needs students will be transported by bus to the holding area, Moss said.

The drill at the high school will follow at approximately 9:30 or 10 a.m.

TES students will be transported back to school by bus after the drill is completed, he said.

The date of the emergency drill, Sept. 25, was already intended as a half-day of school classes for students and a half-day of professional development for faculty.

In addition, Roy Waite, Clarke County EMA director, will conduct a review of security measures Sept. 11 at all school system buildings.

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