FCPS and Sheriff’s Office Collaborate on School Safety Drill to be Held October 23 at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School

FCPS and Sheriff’s Office Collaborate on School Safety Drill to be Held October 23 at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School
Posted on 10/19/2017
SafetyFor Immediate Release
October 19, 2017
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235


Frederick County Public Schools and the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a collaborative school safety drill on Monday, October 23 at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School. The event will begin with a safety briefing for all participants at 8:30 a.m. followed by the live drill. Following the live drill, participants will engage in a debriefing with representatives from the Sheriff’s Office as well as school division staff.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Improving safety and security in all buildings is one of the School Board’s comprehensive plan priorities. This year, we have implemented the use of the Raptor Visitor Management System as well as CopSync911 in an effort to incrementally improve safety and security in our schools. Planning for the safety drill that will be held on October 23 has been underway for about a year and we are looking forward to using the information collected during the event to guide us as we work together with law enforcement to improve our emergency response protocols.”

Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland adds, “The Sheriff’s Office and the school division work very well together as we both take the safety of our community’s schools very seriously. Safety drills, such as the one planned for next week, are critically important in order to validate emergency response, communication plans and recovery services. The upcoming drill will prove to be a valuable learning experience that will help us determine ways in which we can enhance training and emergency response in the future.”

The drill will include more than 200 participants including law enforcement as well as members of the staff at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School and other Frederick County public schools. Students will not be in school on October 23 which is a scheduled professional development day for teachers and licensed staff.

The drill, which will simulate an active shooter emergency situation and include the sounds of gunfire, will result in Justes Drive being closed from approximately 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., thus limiting access to both Evendale Elementary School and Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School. Only individuals participating in the safety drill who check-in with representatives from the Sheriff’s Office will be able to access Justes Drive while the exercise is conducted.

Sovine says, “Although students will not be in school on Monday, it’s important that the community know about the drill so concerns aren’t raised by the prevalence of law enforcement activity in the area.”