By Nat Harrington
Special to the Delray Beach Tribune
The school district will immediately begin placing police aides at schools that do not have a single point of entry as the district continues working to maximize safety at all schools, Superintendent Wayne Gent has announced.
The police aides will work closely with the principals to further tighten security by patrolling the schools’ front gates and perimeters to ensure only authorized persons are allowed on campuses.
Immediately following the tragic event at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct. last month, Gent implemented a comprehensive, district-wide safety plan designed to maintain, and where possible, improve the safety and security of all students, staff, parents, volunteers and others on school campuses. The police aides are a part of that plan.
The security plan includes:
– Communication to all students, parents and employees
– A district-wide security review
– A district-wide facilities review
– Immediate work where needed
– A school police-led crisis plan review, updating and training
– Student and staff counseling
Status of the comprehensive reviews
– Police aides will be assigned to all schools that do not have a single
point of entry
– Review and updating of all School Crisis Plans-ongoing
– Facilities Services staff receiving and responding to requests-ongoing
– Facilities Services has completed a number of security-related work
– Repairs include repairing and securing fences, gates, locks, windows
– Priority continues to be given to security-related work orders
The comprehensive security review is expected to be completed in two to three weeks.