Niagara Gazette —
Whelan said the district had a number of procedures in place, such as a Niagara County Sheriff’s deputy on location, the Raptor visitor management system and a series of drills the schools go through. Plans and protocols are reviewed and will be reviewed again at three faculty meetings each year.
”Be assured we are doing everything we can to ensure safety,” Whelan said.
A parent raised a concern about doors being unlocked after school hours. The parent was able to make it to the gym without being stopped. Whelan said safety concerns after school hours is being addressed. The district is also looking at a new computer system for school entrances.
But while Newtown went through a horrific event and safety is a paramount concern for schools, the district has to be aware to keep schools from turning into prisons, Board President Mark Ewart and Member Michael Zimmerman said.
”We’ll never truly understand what happened, there’s no rationale,” Ewart said. “....Living in fear is a huge mistake. But we’ll do our best to protect.”
Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241.