Rockland-area schools to start new safety policies

Posted Sept. 01, 2013, at 3:10 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Parents and other visitors to schools within Regional School Unit 13 will find new safety measures when the buildings open to students on Tuesday.

RSU 13 Superintendent Lew Collins announced the measures last week.

School doors will be locked to outside visitors once school begins in the morning until when students are dismissed at the end of the day. There will be electronic entry systems operated by the administrative assistants in the school offices. There will be video cameras so the staff can see who is trying to enter the schools.

The staff will clear for entry all visitors during the school day.

People dropping off children late for school will have to be buzzed in and escort the child into the school.

If a person is not known by the staff, they may be asked to provide identification at the entrance, Collins stated.

“Please be patient with us in this transition,” Collins stated in a news release. “The school office is a very busy place, so your ‘buzz’ to the office may not be answered immediately.”

Collins said the district hopes the system will increase security within the schools.

“We realize that there are no methods for school security that are 100 percent guaranteed, but this is a big step in the right direction,” the superintendent stated.

In future budgets, the board and administration will consider keyless entry, district identification badges, and other reasonable security measures, he stated.

RSU 13 includes Rockland, Thomaston, St. George, Owls Head, South Thomaston and Cushing.

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