Schools review security following tragic Florida shooting

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

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Local schools, such as John R. Rodger Elementary in Bellaire have implemented a number of procedures and security equipment to ensure the safety of its students and staff.


REGION – In the wake of last week's tragic shootings at a Florida high school, local district administrators reviewed their own security procedures, as did area law enforcement.

Three school districts responded to The Antrim Review's request for information. 

In Bellaire, Superintendent Jim Emery said that his staff works proactively through several protocols to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Among those procedures are secure, locked and monitored entrances to all buildings during the school day, with just the main entrance open at each building. All entrances have electronic keys, which record those entering any door in each facility. More than 50 video cameras also keep track of who is coming and going. 

"All visitors must check in physically at the school office, right next to the main entrance, before they can proceed," said Emery, noting that the schools practice lockdown drills several times a year coordinated by local law enforcement.

"We work closely with area law enforcement to establish safety procedures for various emergency situations," he said.

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