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Yorktown School District to Increase Security Measures

The district is implementing new measures to increase security throughout the schools, effective on Monday, Feb. 11.

The Yorktown Central School District is implementing new measures to increase security throughout the schools. Those changes will be effective on Monday, Feb. 11, Assistant Superintendent for Business Tom Cole said.

"There will be a new team of school monitors in every building across the district," Cole said in a letter posted on the school district's website on Wednesday.

In the elementary schools, monitors will perform as greeters in the lobby areas. They will be responsible for screening visitors to the buildings and providing a constant presence throughout the entire time that students are in the building during the school day. 

Similarly, there will be monitors in the high school and middle school lobbies. There will also monitor the parking lot areas of the high school and middle school and around the perimeter of those buildings, Cole said in the letter. 

"Each of the monitors has prior experience in law enforcement, active military duty or prior security responsibilities," he said.

Cole said the monitors will be trained in the school district's emergency response and visitor policy protocols by its emergency response consultant, Comprehensive Solutions, LLC. 

There will be some changes to the school district's school visitor policy. Changes to the student pick-up and departure policy will be communicated to parents and guardians by the school principals.

In early March, the district's security consultant, Michael Dorn of Safe Havens International, will evaluate the changes school officials are making and provide input into how their new monitors are being utilized," Cole said.

"We may modify our approach based on his report," he said. "As we go through this transition of personnel and protocol we ask for your patience and understanding. Remember that our goal is to keep our schools safe and accessible. Your participation and cooperation are critical."

Read the school district's safety website for more information

What do you think of those changes? 

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Lynn Sarro February 07, 2013 at 10:38 PM
As one of the original "greeters" in one of the Yorktown Elementary Schools, I would like to let you know that, although I will no longer be checking ID's I will still be a presence in the lobby of my school........I ask for your cooperation as we continue to make the safety of our children our number one priority!!! Thanks, Lynn Sarro
Tami A. Calvi February 08, 2013 at 08:17 AM
The perimeters of Brookside and Crompond must also be addressed.
ykwnparent February 08, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Very glad to hear that the orginal 'greeters' who know our families will remain a presence. As Mrs. Sarro said, the safety of our children is our number one priority. Publically addressing what you perceive as a weaknesses does not protect and can do damage.
Yhs parent February 12, 2013 at 02:28 AM
The entire group of experienced personnel at Yhs was kicked to the curb. Poor choice,which has become the norm for Mr Cole. I saw the new crew today! Funny I don't think my children are any better protected. I think the experience and dedication of Marshall, Tony and Charlie as well as the continuity will be sorely missed. Shame on you administration for another misstep
Yhs parent February 12, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Maybe with the 4 dollars an hour per monitor we save on these so called experienced security personnel,we might not have to double dip and charge our taxpayers to use our own fields. Hey, how much do our 3 superintendents make? Quite a bit more than Gov Cuomo says is financially responsible. Maybe we should look to the top of the food chain to see if our best interests are really represented. Things that make you go hmm!!

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