(OLNEY) With students in the Richland County School District set to return to their classrooms this coming Monday, January 7, after the District’s Christmas Vacation Break, someone new will be making an appearance within the District schools. It’s the new School Resource Officer (SRO), a Deputy within the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, who’ll serve at any of the District’s three schools at any given time when students are in attendance throughout each school day. The focus of the agreement between the School District and Sheriff’s Department is to foster the educational programs and activities within the schools and to provide a presence of safety within the schools when needed. While the schedule will vary, the SRO will also be available for extra-curricular activities and events as time allows. The SRO, along with selected School District staff, will in February, be attending ALICE training, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, and is instructor led classes that provide preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. And while it should be noted that the Olney Police Department is always available to aid the Richland County Public Schools when needed or requested, the new agreement between the Richland County Board, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and the Richland County School District is to solely provide a School Resource Officer (SRO) for school safety within the schools in Olney.