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February 28, 2018

Forsyth County School Safety Task Force

Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden and Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman announce that they are commissioning a School Safety Task Force with an objective of completing a comprehensive safety assessment of all Forsyth County school campuses and review of possible security improvements. The task force will be led by Major Joe Perkins of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and include additional FCSO Deputies, staff from Forsyth County Schools as well as representatives from the Forsyth County Fire Department and Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency. 

Over the next several weeks this assigned task force will complete a review of existing policies and conduct physical surveys of all Forsyth County public school campuses, to include elementary, middle, and high schools. They will engage the community on ideas and concerns as they review security needs. The task force will prepare a thorough report of their findings on each campus and what potential safety improvements are recommended. This report will be presented to both Sheriff Freeman and Dr. Bearden in April, thus aiding decisions made on what steps can be taken to further ensure the safety of our children and school staff. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is committed to securing the safety of our schools and will continue to have enhanced presence on campuses, even beyond our current 28 School Resource Officers. 

We appreciate the outpouring of information from students, teachers, and parents to our campaign of “see something, say something”. We will continue to exhaustively investigate all tips or threats related to school safety. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and Forsyth County Schools are committed to working together with our community to safeguard the security of our children. 

Mitch Young



February 26, 2018

Good afternoon, parents and guardians.

As you are aware, there was a horrific tragedy in Florida last week that resulted in the loss of seventeen lives. Last week, we held a school-wide moment of silence for the victims, their families, and school community. For seventeen minutes - each minute representing a lost life - our school went silent, both in word and in technology. As a school, we take no position in any of the debates surrounding the tragedy. Rather, we stand as one to show our love and support.

Please rest assured that at Forsyth Central, our administrators and staff continually review, drill, and improve our emergency plans. Our school safety department, local law enforcement and first responders are incredible supporters who provide guidance, resources, and direction for all that we do to keep our children and staff safe.

As we head into the spring, help us to deliver the best possible education that we can to your students by abiding by safety precautions, urging your students to get to school on time, and encouraging them in their studies.

Thank you and best wishes.

Mitch Young



Forsyth County Schools Safety Video 

Statement from Forsyth County Sheriff's Office