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HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) -

A plan to help protect kids in school no longer includes kids in school.

The Hartselle City School system had been looking at holding a live shooter drill while elementary school children were in class, but that has changed.

The Hartselle School System's safety plan committee is making a new recommendation do hold the drill outside of school hours.

That committee is made up of law enforcement, emergency workers, emergency management, school officials, and parents.

Many parents protested the original idea of conducting the drill at F.E. Burleson Elementary School.

One started an online petition against it that got more than 1,000 signatures. They planned to present the petition during the next school board meeting on February 10, but now Superintendent Mike Reed said the board of education will vote on this new plan at that meeting.

Reed said the idea to hold the drill during school hours was just that - an idea.

In fact, an actual full scale drill, if approved, could be a year away.

The Morgan County EMA told Hartselle School officials they could get the drill ready to go in four weeks if the school systems safety plan committee wanted to accelerate the process, but instead they're looking to build a comprehensive plan, piece by piece.

The EMA is helping to coordinate the plans. Director Eddie Hicks said they want to follow guidelines used by the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation program. They would establish an exercise design team that work with the school system and police to map out plans from the ground up. That would include smaller drills first, taking those they already do in schools - like evacuation and lockdown drills - and fine tuning them.

Hicks said if the board approves the plan to conduct a school shooter drill, it may not happen until the next school year.

The Hartselle Board of Education could vote in the new recommendation hold a school shooter drill at their next meeting February 10th.

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