Lower Moreland looks to improve safety at schools
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.