School safety, online reporting system before Sumter school board

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 2/25/18

After at least three reported threats or pranks of impending violence in the district's schools in the last week, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will discuss school safety, among other topics, at Monday's regularly scheduled …

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School safety, online reporting system before Sumter school board

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After at least three reported threats or pranks of impending violence in the district's schools in the last week, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will discuss school safety, among other topics, at Monday's regularly scheduled meeting.

A district staff member distributed the agenda for Monday's board work session last week.

Interim Superintendent Debbie Hamm will inform the board on the district's school safety threat online reporting system, known as Sprigeo, in her regular report, according to the agenda. The online reporting system is available on each school's web site for parents and students to report any suspicious activity or potential threats.

In various public statements in the last 10 days from Hamm and others, district staff has emphasized its first and most important priority is the safety of students and staff, and that all potential threats are taken very seriously.

The threats come since the day a 19-year-old man walked onto the campus he had been expelled from at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14 and opened fire with an AR-15, killing 17. Countless threats have been made by students at schools across the country since then.

Other highlights from Monday's agenda, include board committee reports and the monthly financial report for January from district Chief Financial Officer Chris Griner.

Monday's board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and be held at the district office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road. Like all board-related meetings, the public is invited to attend. Since the meeting is the board's regular monthly work session however, public participation is not listed on the agenda.