Fair Lawn Superintendent Reaffirms Commitment to School Safety

Fair Lawn schools will make counselors available to any student or staff member who needs to talk following Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., superintendent Bruce Watson said in a statement.

Fair Lawn superintendent Bruce Watson released a statement pledging the district's continued commitment to school safety Saturday, one day after a mass shooting killed 20 children and six staff at a Connecticut elementary school.

Watson's message, which went out to parents over the district's Swift Reach phone notification system, also stated that the district would make counselors available to students and staff beginning Monday.

"Parents, should your child wish to talk to our trained and caring staff, we will have someone available during school hours," Watson said. "For many, family discussion is enough, but for others additional support and attention may be necessary."

Board of Education president Michael Rosenberg, who stressed the district's monthly security drills and close relationship with the Fair Lawn Police Department, said no new security measures would be implemented at this time.

"We look at security every day and work closely with the PD," he said. "Our main focus is assuring our families that our schools are safe."

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Danielle DeFino December 17, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Umm we are assuming an assailant is going to check is at the office?? And who will stop him? The secretary? We should take a lesson from other area schools where there is an ID card with a strip (similar to debit cards) where you swipe it to get in. No card, no entrance. Period.
why didn't I think of that December 18, 2012 at 01:28 AM
a door bell and a camera at the entrance door to a school is not enough. Who are we buzzing in. I can say that I am someone's father dropping something off for my kid. Do they really know who I am. Does the person who let me know my face. I doubt it. All I have to say is that I am someones father. Thats how it works at my kids school and I am quite concerned about it. Yes the doors are locked but the school is not secure. Who is coming into the school? This person must be Identified before gaining access to the school by more than just saying that I am dad. Also, When I am buzzed in, do I close the door in the persons face who just appeared behind me dropping something off for their kid and say that they have to ring the bell or do I let them???
why didn't I think of that December 18, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Before anyone has access to any part of the school where students are, that person needs to be screened. anyone can bypass the office. They must be positively identified before entering the school at all.
Ezra P. December 18, 2012 at 12:21 PM
We must remember that the school buildings were built at a different time when these types of issues were never a concern. If you look at Milnes and parts of Forrest with doors from many classrooms to outside - escape in case of fire was clearly the concern at the time. Our schools are not fortresses. We do not want locked gates surrounding the schools - we do not want bars on the windows, etc. Say you really secure the doors and access, a determined person could break through a window and climb in, or break the glass on a door and use the crash bar. Layered security is the way to go - and I think the schools take it seriously. The person walking the halls last year resulted in changes. I do not know what will change because of this - but I trust that the individual schools will examine their policies and make relevant changes if need be.
Deleted because of harassment December 18, 2012 at 03:04 PM
The shooter in Sandy Hook bypassed the security completely by shooting out the glass. There is no system that will make a school building 100% safe from intruders that are determined to get inside. Locking the doors is a good step, but yesterday, one of my high schoolers got locked out of the school when she went outside on her lunch hour without being told only one door was open to return, had to walk around the entire outside of the school trying doors to get back in. That effectively means she was barred from the safety of the school if she left. No one has a guarantee of being safe anywhere, despite all the schemes we may devise as protection. The crazies are always one step ahead of us. In the school invasion in Russia, some of the commandos sawed through the roof and dropped through ceilings, hid in bushes and behind cars. So should we barracade parking lots, put cameras on roofs, and tear up every bush and tree, too? We drill kids on evacuations, teach them what to do in the event of a fire and where to go in the case of an emergency. But if we have to start teaching them what to do if a shoot invades their school, the problem is in society, and not going to be solved by any other means but in recognizing it is out there and combating it OUT THERE, by being responsible adults to devise laws to protect ALL of us outside from a momentary whim of violent intent or an evil plan against us. If we don't, the days of being free to go to a store, or a school, are over.


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