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How Secure is Your Child's School?

Posted by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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My son's school is impenetrable to outsiders.  Im fully aware this system isn't full proof, but im quite positive it is more than sufficient.  

We live in a small rural town, hardly any crime more serious than a traffic violation.  However my son's school has in place a very impressive security system.  Every door to the outside locks when it automatically closes, every single one.  

When kids arrive at around 8am several teachers stand by the one pair of door holding them open for the children entering.  When that ten minute window for school closes the doors are all locked.  If you want to get in you have to ring the buzzer, the administrator has a monitor in her office and she clearly sees anyone who walks up to the door.  She buzzes you in at her discretion.  Her office is positioned in front of the main entry way, big windows for walls so she also has that perfect view.

Clearly she is aware of a schedule and expects a certain amount of traffic at times and this is a very small school, maybe 200 students total from Pre-K to senior, each class maybe has twenty kids.   So after several interactions she is bound to recall people and not put up a fuss when the buzzer rings.  

I and my son would arrive for a very small pre k class in the afternoon.  At first I didn't know how to get in, the button to push is very discreet.  Could be mistaken for a screw cover of some kind on the door.  My son figured it out first and he pushed the button and a voice came on, "Hello, what can I help you with today?", "Uhmm...Im Matriarch, im here to take my son to Pre School.", "ahh yes hello Mrs. Matriarch we are excited to have Remington come on in." *beeep* and the door unlocked for me to open.  My first thought was "omg, that is frigging sahweeet.".  As I walked by her office the big windows allowed me to see here television sized monitor on her filing cabinets.  

Didn't take me long to figure out there was no non buzzer way to enter, it just so happens parking at that school is redonkulous and the main entry way is the farthest door from my sons classroom.  His classroom has an exit right next to it but no buzzer and always locked.  It is intended as a fire exit and so the PreK can come in and out for recess or whatever and not have to walk through the whole school.  The teacher is a swipey card that lets her open those doors.  

After that first day they never questioned my reason for pushing the buzzer button, I would just press it, there was a moment of pause and id here, "its open".  So it was easy breezey...

One day though I instructed my husband to pick our son up before pre k let out for an appointment.  He is kind of a gruff looking man.  Goatee, leather jacket, fairly disheveled looking.  The school had never met him before.  

He strolls up at 2pm, sons class gets out at 3:10pm.  He pushes the buzzer and after a long pause, "Can I help you sir?", "Yea, im here to pick up my son.", "Who is your son sir?", "Remington blah blah", "IC... what is your name?", "Phil blah blah", "okay..."...The grilling continued and they would not let him in!  He said they even made him give them the DOB of our son and his SSN...Finally after that she said to hold on a moment and after a minute or so my son is escorted to the door at a safe distance and was asked if he saw his dad, my son giggled and of course said yes and ran over to the door.  

Only then did they open the door for my husband to be let into the school.  She apologized and explained their security policies and how she had just never saw him before and its for everyone's safety.  

My husband was a little bit offended but understood and commended their tight security and we all had a good laugh about it.  


by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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Matriarch87
by Ruby Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Their weakness seems to be is if the buzzer gets into the wrong hands, or if a threat was someone with a legitimate reason to be there.  They certainly have stranger danger covered in aces though! lol.

.Nobody.
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM
There is only one entrance. The rest of the doors stay locked.
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elephantmamaof2
by Ruby Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM
My children aren't in school yet, but the school that I went to had metal detectors at every entrance and employed police, not "security guards" for security
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Matriarch87
by Ruby Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

My highschool had a very open door policy.  No security whatsoever.  Wasn't until my senior year they put cameras up in the school but it wasn't for the kids safety, it was because the kids were stealing, vandalizing and smoking on school premises. 

Quoting .Nobody.:

There is only one entrance. The rest of the doors stay locked.


Elle.tea.22
by Emerald Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM
I like your kids school :)
Matriarch87
by Ruby Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Yeesh...thats pretty intense.  I understand the need for it though, despite how I dont agree with it on a personal level...

Quoting elephantmamaof2:

My children aren't in school yet, but the school that I went to had metal detectors at every entrance and employed police, not "security guards" for security


CrimsonRadiance
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM
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All windows and doors are lock, Noone gets in that isn't known, there is a shot gun and hand gun as well as three huge-ass dogs...

But my kids are homeschooled, so I'm sure it is different then other "schools".. 

LOL!! 

MicheleJM
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

The elementary school is like yours.  The middle school has an open campus though.

Lizardannie1966
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

She's sitting about five feet from me and we have not only all of the doors bolted, but we have a great "natural" alarm system--our four dogs who bark at........air...practically...and the fact that my 19-year old son is home during the day M-W.

bmw29
by spitfire_bobbie on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM
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I homeschool and we have a BIG dog, several guns and family living all around us so it's pretty safe here. LOL

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