William James Middle School Principal Jan Ford shared the contents of classroom crisis kits her school has prepared at Thursday’s meeting of a special committee reviewing school safety. Committee members also discussed Thursday’s tabletop severe weather drill conducted with several schools by the Dickson County Emergency Management Agency. The committee was formed in the wake of December’s Connecticut school shooting to review safety procedures and protocols at each county school and make recommendations to the Dickson County School Board for improvements. While the committee so far has concentrated on situations involving an intruder in schools, it also is reviewing lockdown and evacuation procedures, controlling access to school buildings and coordinating with law enforcement and other emergency responders. Dickson Elementary Principal Eve Larkins was one of several school system personnel who took part in the tabletop exercise Thursday with EMA during which school and emergency personnel were presented with various scenarios and had to explain what actions and responses would be taken, such as if a tornado hit a school. At Thursday’s meeting, Ford showed a small red backpack that is located in each classroom at William James, containing basic first aid supplies, gloves, a flashlight, a marker and the current student roll for that class, among other items. Ford said a larger backpack is kept in the office with more medical supplies and the school’s crisis plan, which includes photos and information for each of the school’s students. Committee Chairman Steve Sorrells asked Ford to make a presentation on the crisis kits at the next countywide principals meeting to begin discussion on how each school can begin preparing their own.