Emergency planning for Cannon Schools

Woodbury, TN October 6, 2015 - Each school day, Cannon County schools are entrusted to provide safe and healthy learning environments. However, emergency situations can arise without warning.

In an effort to better prepare for and respond to emergency situations in schools, the Cannon County School System recently held emergency response plan review meetings with local emergency and school officials in attendance. This meeting provided an opportunity for the school system, as well as each individual school, to gather input from local emergency responders to better align their emergency response plan with best practices.

In Tennessee, schools are required by law to annually review their plan. Tennessee Code Annotated. ยง 49-6-(801-814) or the SAVE Act (Schools Against Violence in Education) establishes specific and consistent requirements for local education agencies in providing a safe school environment. Cannon County's plan addresses a full range of disaster response, such as natural disasters, intruders, criminal activity, bus accidents, etc...

By having plans in place to keep students and staff safe, schools play a key role in taking preventative and protective measures to stop an emergency from occurring or reduce the impact of an incident. In any emergency, the primary concern is to take all appropriate and reasonable actions to protect the safety of children and staff. Cannon County Schools work hard to prepare our staff and students on how to respond in the event of an emergency. Schools are encouraged to host a School Safety night to help educate parents and the community as well.