Metro schools make safety a priority as new year approaches

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Metro schools are preparing for students to return in a few weeks, getting all 157 schools in the district ready for classes. 

“This is our busiest time of the year,” said David Proffitt, executive director of facilities, maintenance, and construction for Metro schools. 

Proffitt said the process to get schools ready starts as early as February. 

“You’re trying to make sure that everything is right on the mark to begin school,” he said. 

Aside from rooms, systems to keep students safe also have to be in place, like working security cameras, outside and inside each building, smoke detectors, and fire alarms. 

“They’re tested to make sure that they work,” Proffitt said. 

With safety being a top priority after recent school shootings, executive director of security for Metro schools Jimmy Wheeler told News 2’s Eric Egan that teachers and staff continue to get active aggression training. 

They learn how to react, lock doors, and keep students safe during an active shooter situation. 

The first day of school for Metro students is August 7. 

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