Superintendent Mike Looney

All elementary schools in the Fulton County Schools (FCS) system took part in mandatory intruder drills recently, with middle schools and high schools scheduled to conduct drills through this week, Superintendent of Schools Mike Looney said.

“Our teachers and administrators in the buildings are now required under state law to do that on a regular basis in preparation for the possibility of an armed intruder,” he said.

The drills were successful, he told FCS Board of Education members during a work session on Sept. 12.

Looney gave the update on the Georgia Safe Schools Act requirement after asking those attending the work session to observe a moment of silence in memory of the 9/11 victims.

He said if parents and other community members hear concerns about alarms going off and lockdowns, hopefully, it’s part of the mandatory drills.

Other recognitions that are being included in planning and content at schools include Hispanic Heritage Month and Suicide Prevention Month.

Bob Pepalis covers Sandy Springs for Rough Draft Atlanta and Reporter Newspapers.