Lower Moreland looks to im­prove safety at schools

The Globe - - POLICEREPORTS - By Caitlin Burns

Stu­dents at Pine Road Ele­men­tary School and Lower Moreland High School will see new safety pro­ce­dures around the start of the new school year. The Lower Moreland Board of School Direc­tors ap­proved Bres­lin Rid­yard Ar­chi­tects to pro­vide new safe schools im­prove­ments over the next sev­eral months.

While the board and school of­fi­cials would not go into de­tail about what the new pro­ce­dures would be, Su­per­in­ten­dent Marykay Fee­ley said some changes in the school for­mat would be needed, such as the way stu­dents en­ter the schools in the morn­ing. Fee­ley said de­tails about the im­prove­ments would not be made pub­lic be­cause it would com­pro­mise the ef­fec­tive­ness of the plans.

Board Pres­i­dent Mur­ray Co­hen said Mur­ray Av­enue School will have sim­i­lar im­prove­ments made, but it would not be done un­til next year. He said hopefully the im­prove­ments at Pine Road Ele­men­tary School and the high school would be com­pleted by Oc­to­ber.

In ad­di­tion to mak­ing im­prove­ments at the schools, the safe schools com­mit­tee is look­ing at ways to keep stu­dents safe on buses. Fee­ley said more than 40 new cam­eras have been in­stalled on school buses. The com­mit­tee hopes, Fee­ley said, to add more cam­eras that would in­clude a cam­era to cap­ture what is go­ing on out- side the bus. Ad­di­tion­ally, the com­mit­tee has dis­cussed giv­ing stu­dents coded cards to scan when they get on and off school buses.

Fee­ley also men­tioned that bus sched­ules have been re­moved from the district web­site be­cause of con­cerns for stu­dent safety. She said the district is look­ing at plac­ing the sched­ule back on­line with a pass­word so only par­ents will be able to look at where their stu­dent will pick up the bus and be dropped off.

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