(Dec. 28, 2018) Following the mass shooting at a Florida high school, Worcester County officials made safety a top priority for its school system.

Seventeen lives were lost at the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and it was only natural that parents and officials elsewhere would react by instituting new policies and procedures to protect their children.

In Worcester, that effort began with the Worcester County Commissioners appropriating $35,000 to upgrade the schools’ radio systems.

Commissioners President Diana Purnell also called for a meeting between the county, board of education, public health and law enforcement officials to discuss safety in schools.”

Forums and conferences were scheduled throughout the county, including a 

a March 13 safety conference at Worcester Technical High School in Newark and a March 14 session at Stephen Decatur High School.

The Worcester County Board of Education also voted in closed session to accept 30 “emergency response shields “from the Pocomoke-based company, Hardwire. The donation included a training program for staff for by an evaluation. 

The decision to accept the donation took place on March 20, sis,” Sterrs said.

The vote happened on March 20, the same day a school shooting took place at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County.

The board of education responded by finding money for someone to oversee school safety, and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office posted an opportunity for part-time deputies, whose responsibilities included providing school safety.

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