FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – The first of several "Active Shooter Training Drills" will take place Tuesday afternoon at North Vista Elementary School.
The drill will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in cooperation with local law enforcement, including the Florence Police Department and the Florence County Sheriff's Office, according to a news release from the Florence School District One.
"The ultimate goal of the training is to enable responders to provide a quick response if any of type of emergency situation takes place on school campuses," said Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Lionel Brown. "Groups will work both inside and outside the school, and all persons will be actively engaged."
Parents of students at the school have already been notified of the drill via Florence One's call system, the release stated, and normally-scheduled after-school activities have been canceled.
Parents of students at Williams Middle School, across the street from North Vista, have also been notified, and Principal Leon McCray will be dismissing students from Williams during the training drill.
The news release lists future dates and locations for more Active Shooter Training Drills, including:
-January 29, Carver Elementary
-January 31, Moore Intermediate
-February 5, McLaurin Elementary
-February 7, Greenwood Elementary
-February 12, Royall Elementary
-March 5, Lucy T. Davis Elementary
-March 12, Briggs Elementary
-March 19, Delmae Elementary
All training sessions are scheduled to take place between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Training sessions for the remaining schools in Florence One will be announced at a later date, the release stated.