Controlled Access

Controlled Access
Posted on 01/27/2014
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Providing a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and staff remains one of Ralston Public Schools’ top priorities. On an annual basis, each school in the district participates in a School Safety Audit that is performed by local law enforcement officials. The information gained through the School Safety Audit is then used by the District Safety Committee to evaluate and revise the District’s Emergency Response Manual.

In addition to the Emergency Response Manual review, the District Safety Committee has been working to provide enhanced security at the entrances of each of our district buildings. In December, the Ralston Board of Education voted to approve a long-term solution to security at building entrances. The enhancements include:

1. Controlled Access

2. Card Access

What this means is that doors to all buildings will be locked throughout the day. Approved staff members will have card access to enter the buildings through designated doors. Visitors will be required to push a button at the main entrance and wait for an identification request. Upon giving their name and purpose, visitors will be allowed into the building where they will report to the main office to sign in and receive a visitor’s badge.  Student Safety is our priority and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we implement our new visitor procedure.

The equipment for our security enhancements is currently being installed and the security measures are scheduled to go live in early March. Additional communications will be sent out with step-by-step procedures on entering buildings and using the new controlled access systems. Please feel free to contact your building principal or the Ralston Public Schools District Office if you have any questions or concerns about these new safety measures.  In Ralston, we have outstanding students and staff doing amazing work and my hope is these new upgrades will allow them to continue to focus on the positive and not worry about negative outside influences.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mark Adler

Superintendent of Schools

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