Capt. Sapp is credited for helping create the “Active Shooter Response Drill” at district schools.

Since the deadly shootings in Newton, Connecticut, school districts across the country have revised their safety plans to prevent similar tragedies. Appoquinimink School Districts schools have also been actively working to develop better safety plans with the help of local authorities, including Delaware State Police Troop 9 Capt. Jason Sapp, who was recognized for his contributions at the school board meeting on Aug. 12.

Loud applause erupted as board members and administrators, including School District Superintendent Matthew Burrows and Alfred G. Waters Middle School Assistant Principal Anne Park, awarded Sapp with a certificate and the Alfred G. Waters School Safety Challenge Coin for helping the district with creating the “Active Shooter Response Drill.”

“You are light years ahead in this district,” said Sapp after he accepted the award. “Keep up the good work.”

With the help of police officers like Sapp, administrators, teachers, and staff from schools in the district have participated in drills and exercises in the past few months aimed at preparing them for a confrontation with an intruder, according to Appoquinimink school officials.

“He has done so much in the training of the staff in the district to help us be prepared so we can keep the children safe,” said Park. “We do these exercises so if something ever happens, the staff doesn’t shut down, but can react to the situation.”

In June, 50 members of various local law enforcement agencies led the third simulation exercise this year at the Cedar Lane Campus. The simulation exercise involved school staff confronting the noise of gunfire and the smoke of grenades when armed intruders attacked the campus.

Sapp has been at the forefront of making sure the educators and staff successfully completes the training and exercises, according to school officials.

“What he is doing is phenomenal,” said Park. “Other people in the state want to also pick his brain. We are so lucky to have him.”

Schools represented at the June training included, Alfred G. Waters Middle, Louis L. Redding Middle, Cedar Lane Elementary, Olive B. Loss Elementary, and Early Childhood Centers Cedar Lane, Spring Meadow, and Townsend Elementary.

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