The Delta Record | Safety training begins at elementary school Buckhannon Academy

BUCKHANNON – On Friday, September 23, Upshur County Schools began their safety training program at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School. Local law enforcement and other agencies were present. School staff and administration participated in the program in which they focused on training to run, hide, fight, stop bleeding and more.

Matthew Sisk, who serves as Upshur County’s Director of Safety and Emergency Preparedness, actively communicates and works with agencies to provide safe schools in Upshur County. In a previous announcement, Sisk said staff are required to attend, but students will not participate in training days. It should also be noted that the safety training is a collaborative effort with many participating agencies, including the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Buckhannon Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Sisk shared in a press release that “staff training sessions will include Run-Hide-Fight/Evoid-Deny-Defend, room-specific drills, gun sounds training, Stop the Bleed and identification of improvised explosive devices. ”

Buckhannon Police Department Chief Matt Gregory spoke to The delta of records on the event. Chief Gregory shared that the training day began with a series of seminars led by members of the FBI and covered safety procedures for an active shooter situation. Chief Gregory noted that West Virginia State Police and the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department were also present. He shared that after the general assembly, the members split into groups and went to the classrooms to apply the concepts they learned and practice this training in a run, hide and fight scenario. .

Chief Matt Gregory said, “We take the safety and security of students and staff very seriously. We will continue to work cooperatively with the Upshur County School Board, other law enforcement and agencies to ensure a safe environment. Chief Matt Gregory also noted that anyone with questions can contact him or Principal Sisk of the Upshur County School Board.

Training is expected to continue at other schools in Upshur County as listed below. Again, please note that staff must report but students will not come to school on the day of the training. The remaining training program is as follows:

• Tennerton Elementary School – Friday, September 30, 2022

• French Creek Elementary School – Monday, October 3, 2022

• Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School – Monday, October 10, 2022

• Rock Cave Elementary School – Thursday, October 13, 2022

• Buckhannon Upshur Secondary School – Monday 17 October

• Hodgesville Elementary School – Friday, October 28, 2022

• Washington District Elementary School – Friday, November 4, 2022

• Union Primary School – Monday, November 7, 2022

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