The Madison County Sheriff's Department has been observing local schools recently as they practice security drills.  Similar to disaster drills, the security drills are an opportunity to practice what to do in the case of a security emergency, if one should ever present itself.  There has been a renewed focus on school safety since the Sandy Hook shootings last December.

Madison County Sheriff Bob Hertz says they are there to assist the schools in making sure they are ready in case of a man-made crisis.

Hertz comments

Aside from Alton High and Triad High Schools, there are a number of grade schools and middle schools located within the Sheriff's jurisdiction, and Hertz says the plan is to get with each of them in the short-term, and then revisit their safety plan in September once school is back in session.

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