The announcement was made on Wednesday morning. From now on, anyone who wants to enter a school building must call ahead and get prior approval. The school district says this includes parents, caregivers, siblings and vendors.
“The buildings are secure, the doors are locked, you need to be cleared to enter,” said school board member Larry Scott. “We’re ensuring all schools are doing this, that we’re keeping all doors locked and that we are making clearance for anyone who’s entering our buildings.”
Visitors may be searched upon arrival.
Doors at every school will remain locked during the school day, and camera monitors are at the front entrance of each site. In addition to this, members of the Buffalo Police Department or the school district’s security staff “will have a presence in and around schools for an undetermined amount of time,” Buffalo Public Schools says.
“At this time, end of the year ceremonies are scheduled to be held with all extra safety protocols in place,” the school district wrote. “We are deeply appreciative of your understanding to keep all safe.”
Over at Orleans Niagara BOCES on Saunders Settlement Rd, school resource officer and deputy sheriff Michelle Ohar is checking all the gates surrounding the school campus, and all the doors, to make sure everything locks correctly.
“How can I keep my kids safe? How can I make sure now one comes in here and does that to us? She asked.
Besides protecting the students, she serves as a mentor.
“I’m a visual person. So I’m always around in the hallways, in the classrooms. They see me out, they say hi to me. They have no fear of me what I come into the schools,” she said.
Samuel L. Radford III of We the Parents of WNY and District Parent Coordinating Council spoke with News 4 about the tightened security measures. Watch his interview form News 4 at 4 below:
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