New safety measures for Ocean Springs schools
Ocean Springs is ramping up safety and security in new and innovative ways throughout the school system. Superintendent Dr. Bonita Coleman spoke with the Ocean Springs Lions Club today about all of the new safety measures they are taking this year.
Ocean Springs hired three additional officers for security in addition to having all staff undergo first responder and active assailant training prior to classes beginning.
They have already started having single point entryways and exits in all schools. These access points are also equipped with facial recognition cameras.
Dr. Coleman says their number one priority is the safety of the students and staff. “We are so thankful that our community is working together with us to understand these new safety enhancements, but also to make sure that all of us understand that school safety is everyone’s business. So, building stronger relationships, making sure that the individuals feel comfortable calling us and telling us if they think that something is wrong. We wanna know and let us decide whether or not its credible.”
Dr. Coleman says they plan on starting courses for teachers and staff on how to identify concerning behavior in students to hopefully prevent any mass shooting.
Overall, these new safety measures cost half a million dollars.