The Mamaroneck School District will implement steps to improve safety and security at the six schools following the tragic shootings in Newtown. The Rye Neck School District has adopted similar measures.
At a well-attended “Public Conversation on Safety” at Mamaroneck High School Wednesday night, School Superintendent Robert Shaps outlined some specifics:
- Access to all elementary schools and the middle school will be limited to one entrance only. The high school will continue with its Post and Palmer Rd. entrances. All other doors will remain locked throughout the day. As a result, arrival and dismissal procedures are being examined.
- Visiting procedures are being changed. All visitors must bring a photo ID and sign in/leave their ID with the greeter at the main entrance. Visitors must have a pre-arranged meeting with someone at the school, and their names will be required in advance by the person they are meeting with. Phones are being installed at the front desks.
- All staff members will be required to wear ID badges at all times on school grounds.
In Rye Neck, plans are not as detailed but meetings are on going.
In addition, Shaps says more steps are being considered, including electronic door lock/buzz-in systems with video camera and intercom for main access doors. (Currently, the high school is equipped with video cameras), visitor scanning capabilities,
and panic buttons with a direct line to the police, among them.
” Some attendees suggested that we hire armed security officers and have metal detectors in our schools,” Shaps writes in a letter to parents, “however, these are not recommendations we plan to make to the Board at this time.”