School system to conduct full-scale emergency drill November 1

The safety and welfare of students and staff are the highest priority for Greenbrier County school officials.

To provide school staff an opportunity to practice emergency response procedures, all Greenbrier County Schools staff will participate in a district-wide operations-based emergency preparedness drill at Greenbrier East High School on the Nov. 1, Professional Learning Day. The goals of the training drill are to improve the ability to protect students, save lives, and reduce injuries. The drill will allow staff and responders to evaluate emergency operations plans and improve response skills.

Although students do not report to school on Thursday, Nov. 1, school officials want to make the public aware of this planned drill. The exercise will be run in two sessions (morning/afternoon) at Greenbrier East High School and will involve the Federal Bureau of Investigation, WV State Police, Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department, HealthNet Aeromedical Services, Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Greenbrier County 911 Center, Greenbrier County Homeland Security & Emergency Management, and area Fire and EMS responders. Officials assure the public that this is only a drill.

“It is very unfortunate that we must plan and practice for such possible occurrences, however, we realize that emergency drills are essential for the safety of our students and staff. We appreciate the collaborative efforts of our local law enforcement and emergency services agencies in making this drill a reality. We are working together to provide the safe, uninterrupted learning environment that our children deserve,” states Superintendent Jeff Bryant.

The exercise may involve brief traffic delays on 219-S at Greenbrier East High School and Eastern Greenbrier Middle School at approximately 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1.

“I want to thank the public in advance for their patience with any traffic delays they may experience on Nov. 1 in the vicinity of the high school. I also want to discourage potential panic and rumors by reassuring the public that this exercise is only a drill,” concludes Bryant.