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Keeping Our Schools Safe

Safety and Security features in place at all McMinn County schools include:

  • Controlled access with one point of entry for visitors during the school day
    • All but one front door remains locked
    • Visitors must enter the front office to gain access to the rest of the building
    • A second interior door must be opening electronically by staff
  • Full-time school resource officers at all school campuses
    • Officers are armed at all times
    • Officers are highly trained by the McMinn County Sheriff’s Department in collaboration with the McMinn County School District
  • Security cameras inside and outside schools provide live access to needed personnel in case of an emergency
  • Regular safety drills and training for staff
    • School lock-down drills each year
    • Joint drills on campus with police and fire
  • Emergency Operation Plans and teams at each campus
    • The school district, as well as each school, has an Emergency Operations Plan, which has been created in a collaborative effort by School Administrators, the McMinn County Emergency Planner, the Sheriff’s Department and local fire departments.
  • Criminal background checks on all employees, volunteers and contrators who work on School District property.
  • STOPit anonymous online tip-line for students, parents, teachers and others to share concerns
  • Annual Safety Assessment of each school
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs) provided at each school
  • Epi-Pens or epinephrine (used to treat severe allergic reactions) available
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling program
  • Focus on the whole child includes support for students’ mental, social and physical needs

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Contact Information

McMinn County Schools
3 South Hill Street
Athens , Tennessee 37303
Phone: (423) 745-1612
Fax: 423-744-1641