Security Update: An Ongoing Process
Allison Brown, Superintendent of Schools
As we approach the spring recess and anticipate the final months of the school year, I would like to provide an overview of security changes we have already made and others that are being planned. Some of these changes were already in progress, as we are continually
evaluating our systems and procedures and looking for more and better ways to keep our students safe. Most of all, I want to reassure you that vigilance remains high throughout the district.
- The number and scope of high resolution security cameras has been increased, covering more interior and exterior spaces.
- Entry points and other locations that are vulnerable to intruders will be "hardened" with additional locks, security films on windows, and more personnel.
- Security procedures have been tightened everywhere. There is a single point of entry in all schools. Visitors must have an appointment and present identification.
- Both sets of vestibule doors, in and out, will soon be locked. Anyone without an appointment will not be permitted to enter the vestibule. The outside doors will be monitored by cameras and intercom, which will enable personnel to identity people coming to the school before they enter.
- Lockdown activation buttons are being installed in each school, which, in the event of an emergency, will immediately alert the police, de-activate ID-card entry systems, and turn on blue strobe lights on the exterior to alert anyone on the outside that there is a lockdown in progress.
- There is funding in the 2018-19 school budget for additional trained security personnel.
- ID-card entry - "swipes" - will be installed at high school bathrooms, so that these doors will be securely locked from the outside at all times. Students will use their ID cards to enter. In an emergency, the swipes are de-activated to keep those inside safe. We are looking at other doors where swipes may be practical and effective.
- Drills continue to be conducted regularly in every school, under the watchful eye of local police, and under varying circumstances in order to best prepare for real-life emergency situations.
Once again, I thank the many parents who attended our security meetings last month, and who have communicated with me and building staff on this issue. Your participation has brought many productive ideas to our attention. Your patience and cooperation are essential as we fine-tune these protocols in the weeks and months ahead.
In this upcoming holiday period, I hope everyone has an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. We are looking forward very much to an exciting spring and to all of the concerts, athletic contests, end-of-year ceremonies and other special events that remind us of how fortunate we are to be part of our Roslyn school community.
March 28, 2018
Contact the Superintendent of Schools:
Mail: Roslyn Public Schools
Roslyn, NY 11576