The new policy was discussed earlier this school year to go into effect next school year. But with the Florida school shooting and recent local threats, a new safety policy will go into effect Monday at Taylorville High School. THS students will no longer be allowed to carry their bookbags and purses from class to class, it must be stowed in their locker during the school day.
Multiple factors came into the decision for the THS Administration, and THS principal Matt Hutchison says safety was the top concern.
The board voted 6-1 to implement the proposal at the high school. Hutchison admits the policy won’t be popular with students, but in addition to safety, there are other concerns to be addressed as well, and students have lockers to keep their belongings.
Andra Ebert was sworn in to the Taylorville School Board Monday to fill Dennis Atteberry’s vacated seat. Also at Monday’s meeting, the board gave the green light to continue discussions with the city of Taylorville on bringing in a school resource officer, as well as bringing fifth through eighth graders at Taylorville Junior High School into the CEP program, providing free breakfast and lunch to each student.