School Security Update

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From the USD 231 website:

As USD 231 is committed to maintaining safe and secure academic environments for our students and staff, we want to make you aware of an added safety feature to every school building.

With this enhancement in safety, we need your help as we put new protocols in place. Beginning on May 14, 2018, controlled entrances to all USD 231 school buildings will be implemented. All visitors and parents must now alert office staff of their arrival and identify themselves prior to entering the building.

School doors will be unlocked as students arrive to school. After school begins, access to the building will be controlled by an external buzzer that rings into the main office. A video monitor will be used to identify the visitor and/or view the visitor’s photo identification. Once given permission to enter, the door will be unlocked and the visitor may enter the building.  As always, all visitors must sign in at the main office and obtain a visitors badge.

We understand this may be an inconvenience to some of our visitors; but the District’s responsibility to keep every student and staff member safe in our buildings is top priority. We also believe our commitment to safety and security are integral in providing the most optimal learning experiences. As always, our buildings welcome parents and visitors at any time.

The schools have extensive safety polices which the district reviews regularly. Every staff member is trained in safety procedures and expectations, and students participate in safety drills at each school throughout the year.

We appreciate your understanding and patience in this added safety feature in our schools. Should you have any questions regarding the new protocol, please contact your building principal.