Safety changes in CSRA schools

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Monday, August 6, 2018

RICHMOND COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – Our I-Team investigations have led to some changes in the CSRA over the summer months. Local schools will be doing more to make sure your kids are safe.

Richmond County Schools now require two lockdown drills a year, so students and teachers know exactly what to do.

It's a similar situation in Columbia County. School district leaders there plan to have a lockdown drill once a quarter. Aiken County schools will continue doing what they've done – one soft and one hard lockdown each year.

Another I-Team investigation leads to changes in just Richmond County schools – panic alarms.

Back in May, the Board of Education approved more than $20,000 of SPLOST money to install a total of 56 panic alarms in their schools. These panic alarms would be different from “panic buttons”.

Alarms would send an alert straight to law enforcement officers.

We've reached out to the Board, but they have not yet said when all these alarms could be installed.