At the latest school board meeting, the ongoing issue of school safety came up again following a recent Facebook scare.
What measures are you taking to secure our schools, asked one concerned mother of children in the Pre-K and at Washington Irving.
Board President Joseph Lillis said the steps they were taking were careful if slow, as they ride a fine line between safety and making schools a welcoming place for students.
Superintendent Dr. Howard Smith specified initiatives underway:
- Working on streamlining systems during school hours first;
- standardizing lock system throughout schools;
- sending a letter out to inform parents of lockdown drills that would be occurring, sensitive to children's age groups;
- then, tightening up protocols for before and after school, with consideration of possible electronic passes to get in and out of locked buildings.