(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Eighteen times a year, Sheridan County School District #2 comes together at one of its schools and prepares for the worst. It could be a natural disaster. It could a gas line break near a school. It could be something worse — a manmade tragedy. In any case, the District has made it its mission to be prepared for whatever circumstance may come its way. "The whole point behind these trainings is that, should it ever happen that we have some kind of emergency, that the first time we are talking about it isn't when that emergency happens," Scott Stults, Director of Elementary Education at SCSD#2 said. So twice a year at each of the District's schools, without notification to the teachers or students, the school will have a "shelter-in-place lockdown" drill. The doors are locked and police patrol the halls. "We try to make it as true to what could happen as possible," Stults said. According to Terry Burgess, SCSD#2 Assistant Superintendent, around 10 percent of the funding the state gives to Wyoming school districts has to go to security measures. To that end, all of the schools in SCSD#2 have secure entrances, and two Sheridan Police Department School Resource Officers move between the schools, with home offices at Sheridan Junior High School and Sheridan High School. The state does not mandate active shooter trainings, weather and natural disaster trainings, or how a school district should interact with its local police department, sheriff's office or prevention management organizations. [image: Inline image 1] *Around the state, various agencies prepare for active shooter situations. Here, Teton County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Tom Combs participates in a drill in Jackson. h/t Teton County Sheriff's Office / Pitchengine Communities* The state does, however, offer best practice information and ask districts to report back on their procedures, Burgess said. So through table top exercises, ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training
School Task Force meetings, shelter in place lockdowns and more, "We are
always, constantly re-evaluating the status of our procedures," Burgess
There have been a couple instances in recent memory when local schools had
to go into lockdown — for a domestic incident in a parking lot, for example
— but thankfully, Sheridan had not had a major incident for years.
But it helps to be prepared.
*Feature photo: ALICE training at Frontier Middle School in Casper via Oil
City . / Pitchengine Communities photo*