On Monday, many school districts around York County told me they were reviewing their safety and security plans as a result of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Central York School District was among them, and yesterday Supt. Michael Snell, in an automated call sent to families, said there would be one change – school cafeterias will no longer be open to visitors, including relatives.
“We understand that this is a long-standing tradition, however, we are tightening our policies on school-day visitors to ensure we are following practices that will help us best protect our students during the school day,” Snell said, according to a transcript of the message online.
Julie Romig said in an email that the change is one way the district can enhance safety and security “starting now.”
“It is not the only area under scrutinization right now, but it is one where we have an opportunity to minimize risk by making a change that we believe will enable us to ensure a safer and more secure school for our students, faculty and staff,” she said.
The post garnered a lot of comments on Central’s Facebook page. Some lamented the decision, but most largely seemed to understand it.
Snell’s message also contained a reminder – don’t hold doors open for others or prop doors open.
Anyone else hear of changes at their districts?