Students were in class as normal Thursday morning while Madison, Limestone and federal authorities searched the Harvest area for a murder suspect from Florida.
Madison County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Donny Shaw said they had been searching for Steven Brooks, 45, since he evaded deputies and U.S. Marshals Wednesday night near the Limestone Correctional Facility. Shaw said Brooks is wanted for killing a woman in Pinellas County, Florida.
Madison County Schools spokesman Tim Hall said via email that schools in the area are on "lock out" status, meaning students will not be allowed outside for recess or P.E. classes. Hall said school officials are getting updates on the search every 15 minutes.
Madison County Schools that are affected by the "lock out" are Sparkman High, Sparkman ninth, Madison Cross Roads, Monrovia middle and elementary and Legacy and Endeavor.
East Limestone High School, Creekside Primary and Creekside Elementary were all on a modified lockdown, meaning students were being kept indoors, said Limestone County Schools spokeswoman Karen Tucker.
Extended day activities were cancelled for the Limestone County schools that were affected by the search, Tucker said. Ball games at East Limestone High School were set to go on as scheduled, but Tucker said extra law enforcement officers would be on hand.