We recently finished security audits with the Department of Homeland Security as well as an independent school security consultant. Both validated our current security protocols provide a safe and secure environment. They also made recommendations which will enhance our security. Below are some of the additional security provisions that will be implemented before the start of the 2018-19 school year.
Entrance Monitors. We will be stationing monitors at the main entrance of each school. The Entrance Monitors will be responsible for "buzzing" visitors in, verifying their identity, signing them in/out, directing visitors to their appointments, calling down students who will be dismissed early, as well as other tasks. This will help make our schools more secure as visitors will not gain entrance to the school interior unless there is a legitimate reason or previously arranged appointment.
Visitor Management System. We will be using a new system called Lobby Guard to register visitors. All visitors must have their government-issued identification (typically a driver's license) scanned into the system when they enter the school as part of the identity verification process. We will be developing our protocols over the summer and communicating them at a later time.
Video Surveillance. We are adding video cameras around campus (internal and external) to increase our coverage areas.
Reunification Plans. We are finishing the development of parent and student reunification plans in the event we have to evacuate a school or the entire campus. These are comprehensive plans to ensure students are safely reunified with parents or guardians if we have an emergency. The plans are based on the national Standard Reunification Method.
We believe these new security measures along with those currently in place will enhance the safety and security of our students and staff. While some of these may be inconvenient or cumbersome, we hope you will agree that the safer learning environment they will create is worth it. Thank you in advance for your patience as we implement these new systems.