Do you feel safe at school?

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Registered: 08-23-1997
Do you feel safe at school?
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Fri, 12-14-2012 - 5:01pm

This question is of course inspired by today's tragic events. I usually do feel safe but, think about safety issues when kids leave their backpacks in the library since that's where I work.

Today's event really hit home for me literally and figurative live as I live and work in neighboring towns of Newtown. I live just to the east of Newtown and work just to the west of Newtown. In fact, my school was in lockdown today in response to what happened. It's so sad. I could barely concentrate at work towards the end of the day as more and more details came to light.

Do you think that your school has adequate safety measures in place?

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Mon, 12-17-2012 - 12:14am

 I immediately thought of you when  I heard the news. I suspected you were in the area.

Generally yes. I have always felt relatively safe. There have been a few instances when safety has crossed my mind, but I've rarely had a serious, immediate concern. After I left my former elementary the husband of one of the employees had some sort of breakdown and got in the building, but only made it into the office. They did a lockdown with the code word announcment and he was removed by police after some tense minutes.

Right now I am in a portable classroom that is not directly attached to the building.  My husband and I were discussing today if this is safer or less safe in a dangerous situation such as an intruder.  At least I have a solid door with no windows in it and I am the farthest away from the office of any instructional area. I'd probably have response time if there was a warning.  However I am also alone if someone wanted to come in without checking in through the office. All of the doors in the main building except the front entry are locked during the day. Because of my situation anyone can come in my door without doing through the building.

The staff has a meeting before school in the morning. I expect that we might go to a buzz in from the main entry door or keeping the office door from the foyer locked and everyone will have to come to the window before getting in the main office.  All of our schools have intercoms and cameras to view and communicate with anyone who is asking for entry from the main door though some, like us, do not require everyone to ring for admission before getting in the foyer. Right now everyone has direct access to the office through the main entry and unlocked office door from the foyer. Everyone must pass through the office of all buildings to enter the hallways. Hallways also have security cameras and all schools have lockdown procedures that are practiced.

I will say this isn't the safest building I have been in portable or not. I've been in others that could also lock down sections with security/fire doors that shut when an alarm was sounded or a panic button pushed. You could leave your area but no one could enter during a lock down except fire and police who had the codes. 

Sherry
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Registered: 07-16-2001
Fri, 12-21-2012 - 10:16am
We had a meeting Monday after school and for half an hour, we talked about all the ways we were vulnerable. I have always felt safe, but I'd never thought about the things we talked about in the meeting. I do have a former parent who hates me and would be the type to show up with a gun (as would his son), and a student from last year who we suspect is killing small animals, but I never thought they'd have access before. I'm not so sure about that now.
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Registered: 12-04-2000
Sat, 12-22-2012 - 9:06pm
We did go to a buzz in requirement to enter the office and teachers are to keep their doors locked at all times. Even if they leave their door open it must be locked so it could be closed quickly if needed. They didn't make any changes for the library.
Sherry