Aistrict sched­ules meet­ing to dis­cuss se­cu­rity

North Penn Life - - Opinion - By Jen­nifer Law­son jlaw­son@jour­nalregis­ter. com to

Since the aec. N4 school shoot­ing in Con­necti­cut, North menn 6FhRRO DLsWULFW RI­fiFLDOs have been assess­ing the front en­trances of each school to see what can be done to im­prove se­cu­rity.

The district is also look­ing at in­creas­ing the num­ber of in­truder drills at each school — cur­rently, two such drills are held per year. ar­ills were also con­ducted at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School where the shoot­ings oc­curred, and that pre­pared­ness is cred­ited for sav­ing lives.

North menn School aistrict Su­per­in­ten­dent Cur­tis aeitrich plans to dis­cuss th­ese points and more at a com­mu­nity fo­rum on school safety Jan. 7 at 6: 45 p. m. in the high school au­di­to­rium.

“It’s im­por­tant for our com­mu­nity mem­bers to HxSUHss Dny FRnFHUns they have and for us to re­as­sure them we have them cov­ered,” aeitrich said. “There might be some ideas brought out by par­ents that will lead us WR UH-HxDPLnH sRPH things. We want to have a con­ver­sa­tion as a com­mu­nity.”

In a let­ter posted on the district’s web­site, DHLWULFh HxSUHssHG WhH shock and sad­ness he felt af­ter 20- year- old Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 chil­dren and adults at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School in New­town, Conn., and he said he has also been try­ing to learn from the tragedy.

For many years, North menn has had pro­cesses in place aimed at pro­tect­ing stu­dents and staff, in­clud­ing the hir­ing of IRUPHU SROLFH RI­fiFHU oay Wil­son as se­cu­rity co­or­di­na­tor in 2009 and set­ting up a safe schools com­mit­tee within the school board.

School safety has al- ways been a pri­or­ity, aeitrich said. High­lights of the district’s safety mea­sures in­clude hav­ing se­cu­rity staff on duty at all sec­ondary schools; a buzzer sysWHP DW HvHUy sFhRRO Hx­cept for North menn High School, where a se­cu­rity RI­fiFHU Ls sWDWLRnHG DW WhH front door; and es­tab­lish­ing the oap­tor sys­tem at most schools, which scans ev­ery vis­i­tor’s driver’s liFHnsH WR FhHFN IRU sHx RIfend­ers.

The district has also in­stalled se­cu­rity cam­eras and set up a coun­ty­wide com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem in each build­ing that calls 9-N-N with the touch of a but­ton. DLsWULFW RI­fiFLDOs hDvH par­tic­i­pated in rapid re­sponse train­ings with lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and their po­lice de­part­ments, and they’re us­ing new two-way ra­dios to com­mu­ni­cate in the event of an emer­gency.

In the time since the shoot­ing, aeitrich has sent two emails to parHnWs UHDI­fiUPLnJ WhH GLs- trict’s com­mit­ment school safety.

“I re­ceived a tremen­dous amount of feed­back from com­mu­nity mem­bers say­ing they were grate­ful for our ef­forts,” he said.

In­side the district’s schools, it has been busi­ness as usual for stu­dents. Some dis­cussed the in­ci­dent with their teach­ers, who re­as­sured them that they’d keep them safe. lther than that, stu­dents have been fo­cused on their classes, aeitrich said.

Af­ter a week of si­lence fol­low­ing the Con­necti­cut school shoot­ings, the 1DWLRnDO 5LflH AssRFLD­tion called for a pro­gram to arm and train guards in schools to pro­tect stu­dents and staff from armed in­trud­ers.

Asked about their opin­ions on the pro­posal, both aeitrich and Soud­er­ton Area School aistrict As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Frank dal­lagher said it was too soon to com­ment.

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