Michael F. Ring, superintendent of the Rocky Point School District, sent home a letter to parents this week confirming that the district has kept it's promise to students, residents, faculty, and administration by completing numerous improvements aimed at enhancing our security measures and emergency response plans.
In the letter Ring said, "As a result of these efforts, students, faculty and staff at each of our buildings now participate in evacuation and emergency response drills on a regular and ongoing basis. To ensure that all parties are well versed on current practices and procedures, staff development and training continues to occur on an ongoing basis, and a student education component will be added to our security measures beginning this fall," said Ring.
"To monitor happenings occurring both internally and around the perimeter of our facilities, security cameras have been installed district wide with additional cameras and monitoring equipment being added presently."
Ring said although these drills have been working to help increase security and make the school an overall safer place for students, he has just begun. During 2014, Ring plans on continue efforts to make sure the district buildings are as secure as possible.
"We will be strengthening our security measures by installing new visitor management systems at each of our schools. While our buildings are equipped with buzzer systems that grant approved visitors access to our schools, during 2014 each of our schools will have entryways enhanced with new vestibule structures that will provide an additional layer of protection between the public entry point of our buildings and an unauthorized individual," said Ring.
"Construction for these projects will begin this spring, and the new systems are expected to be complete by the fall. Additional devices – including door ajar systems and panic buttons tied into the Suffolk County Police Department – will also be installed in our schools, and we will seek to increase the number of security guards in order to provide greater visibility within our district, both during and after school hours."
No word in the letter how much these new additions would cost or when the implementation of these new security measures would be completed.
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