ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. (FOX 56) – Schools across the nation, including in Rockcastle County’s school district, mourn the tragedy of what happened in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday.

FOX 56 wanted to explore schools outside of the metropolitan area where there is a small-town community similar to Uvalde’s elementary school size.

As a response to the school shooting, Rockcastle County Superintendent, Carrie Ballinger, had all flags lowered at half staff Tuesday on into Wednesday. In addition to the flags, Ballinger also said yesterday’s event prompted a call to action for the school district.

“First step that we took was to alert all of our school principals, and our district administration staff,” Ballinger said.

Ballinger said she emailed her county’s staff and faculty to be on high alert and to stay vigilant, even if there’s just one more day of school left.

“Just be aware. Keeping your classroom doors locked, following that law that was implemented several years ago,” said Ballinger.

Ballinger is referring to Senate Bill 1, The School Safety and Resiliency Act.

“In Rockcastle schools, we require all visitors check in at the front office, Our doors remain locked at all times. Our visitors are granted entrance after screening to ensure that they should be on our school campus, we have a ‘Raptor’ program to screen them before they enter our school buildings.”

The Raptor Program is a software-based technology for administrators to scan a visitor’s driver license, and make sure they’re safe to allow into schools.

While covering protection from the outside, Ballinger said she’s also checking up on how students feel inside.

“I think the questions have been more geared towards, ‘Am I safe?'” Ballinger said.

Ballinger said she made access to mental health resources available to all the schools in her district Wednesday, and she said the counselors have been busy.

“These resources were geared towards how to talk to students after a tragedy has occurred, within a school building, being able to have someone in place,” Ballinger said. “Our health advocates, our school counselors, someone that our students know they can reach out to, if they did have questions. It all comes down to relationships.”

Looking ahead to summer and the following school year, Ballinger is wanting to take more action in ensuring all six schools in Rockcastle County are safe spaces for the students.

“You cannot put a price tag on the life of a child,” Ballinger said. “School safety has to be our top priority.”

Ballinger shared that on Friday, she will be meeting with all the principals to review their protocols and make sure they’re ready if anything ever were to happen in Rockcastle County.

Ballinger also spoke of plans to try and hire more Senior Resource Officers for the Rockcastle County school district.