Thank you all for quickly leaving the school grounds for our security review and training this afternoon.
As you all may know the security package did pass at Town Meeting on Monday night. For Hunnewell this will include a new PA system, two walkie-talkies with direct communication to the WPD, cameras in hallways and outside, and new, more-secure classroom doors. The improved infrastructure is just one piece of our security plan.
The other piece of our plan is the training and practicing of our safety drills and safety procedures. One of the first lines of safety is keeping our doors locked and knowing who is in our building, which is why staff wear ID badges and we ask visitors to wear badges too. One new practice moving forward will be for Amy to ask all visitors to give their name and reason for visit before allowing each visitor into the building. The reason for this shift in practice is that it was raised at Town Meeting that we do not have consistent visitor procedures. This will now be a consistent practice across all ten buildings. While this change may feel awkward at first, I think we can all agree that student safety trumps this extra step.
We want to reinforce that our doors are open in spirit although they are locked physically to ensure that our Hunnewellers are kept safe and secure to learn, grow, and develop both educationally and social-emotionally.