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Region 15 Increases Security in Wake of Newtown Tragedy

Procedures will limit access to buildings, keep visitors in main office area.

Following the tragic school shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last week, Region 15 officials have implemented several security procedures to ensure student and faculty safety.

Superintendent Dr. Frank Sippy said in an effort to be responsive but not reactive to the shooting, Region 15 would implement the following processes effective immediately that will remain in place until further notice.

  • At each school, all pedestrian traffic will have to access the building from the main entrance.
  • All visitors will report to the office and must remain in the main office area.
  • Visitors must leave any delivered items in the office and they will be delivered to the appropriate classroom.
  • If personal delivery is required, the appropriate staff member or child will be located and that person will come to the office area.
  • Parents requiring access to the school nurse will be escorted by a staff member or the nurse will bring the child to the office area.

The processes went into effect on Monday and will be evaluated and altered as the system progresses.

“The point is we want to limit visitor access to all parts of the school building,” said Sippy. “We will re-assess processes each day and shift accordingly.”

L December 19, 2012 at 02:04 PM
It was not noted, but there are also police officers stationed inside every school. I have four children that attend school in Region 15 and they love seeing the officers there. I hope that their presence at the schools will continue on throughout the year and maybe a plan could be put in place to hire permanent officers for each school. They would not only be there for safety, but the amount of drugs brought into the high school would surely diminish, and they could teach classes like DARE or Stay on Track regularly. I'd gladly pay more in taxes!!!
carol renza December 19, 2012 at 06:33 PM
This not a deterrent to some nut case who decides to shoot their way in. The problem is ACCESS to the building. Bullet proof glass. Allowing access to 'the office' to someone with evil intent -- I.e., the physical building does nothing! A locked anteroom with cameras before anyone is admitted with proof of identity and purpose of visitation. Physical presence of an armed officer at point of admission!
DCovey December 20, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Carol, access to the building is indeed the problem. In addition to the presence of police officers in the schools, school officials in this entire region of CT need to wake up and do their homework on what other schools in New England are doing to secure their children in their schools, Schools in the town of West Roxbury, Massachusetts, a fine town that almost mirrors the demographics and environment of both Newtown and Woodbury, CT have taken matters into their own hands, * "Metal detectors installed at West Roxbury, Massachusetts Educational Complex" by West Roxbury Transcript via Wickedlocal.com http://www.wickedlocal.com/roslindale/news/x1128399275/Metal-detectors-installed-at-West-Roxbury-Educational-Complex#ixzz2FXbGQPVU

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