The Sedalia 200 School District and area first responders will conduct an active shooter training exercise at Smith-Cotton High Junior School on Tuesday, July 23.

A press release from Sedalia 200 and Sergeant John Cline with the Pettis County Sheriff's Department says the excersise will be held from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The training is described as a crisis response exercise in which Sedalia 200 is providing usage of the school facility. Teams of law enforcement, emergency responders and county emergency coordinators will partner to facilitate a full-scale drill for a fictitious active shooter.

Approximately 35 volunteers will be participating, along with Sedalia 200 administration.

This exercise is an important way for local law enforcement and emergency responders to collaborate between agencies and establish best practices during a possible emergency response in the Sedalia 200 School District.

It is also seen as an opportunity for the district to identify ways to improve school security, disaster planning and communications through observation of a realistic response to a crisis scenario.

It was noted that Smith Cotton Junior High School will be closed all day July 23rd from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Traffic will be blocked at the Junior High school and grounds during the exercise.

Sedalia 200 says residents can expect to see several emergency response vehicles on campus that day.

Sirens and blank rounds being fired from simulated weapons may be heard. Area residents may also see role players evacuating the campus.

Smith-Cotton High Junior School is located at 312 E. Broadway.

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