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    Am on my conference period and popped in to see what was going on...

    Mom can still drop off a lunch--she will have to buzz in and leave it in the office.  My building has done this for years.

    The hall pass just guarantees that a person in the hall is a student and has permission to be there.  Even in a small school, I would think that a sub might not know every student.

    Our classroom doors are locked.  If someone knocks, we answer but if we heard shooting in the hall we would already be locked in and the shooter couldn't just come in.

    These are standard rules that larger schools have been practicing for a while.  If you think a small school in a quiet community doesn't need rules, wasn't that a description of the CT school?

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      Adding that our outside doors are also locked except during passing periods from one class to another.  Visitors have to be buzzed in from the office.  

      The main problem is that students tend to open the door for other students, even if they don't know them.  I am hoping that these events make them realize they shouldn't do that.  I will say that we have a couple of instances of someone bringing a gun to school and a student would step up and tell someone.  At one time that would have been considered tattling and they probably wouldn't have done it, but they know see the importance and serious potential.

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        Adding again that visitors names are screened for people listed as sex offenders.  Some may say that these rules are over the top, but ask any one of those parents attending funerals if they would think so.  As I understand it, they had most of the rules in place but he shot his way through the entrance, proving that it is impossible to avoid every instance.  However, when I look at those faces in the pictures, it isn't that hard to do what we do to keep them safe and I think students feel safer knowing that we have plans and policies in place to protect them in the best ways possible.  It is like insurance--we hope we don't need it and won't feel slighted if we don't, but do the responsible thing just in case.

    •  or mom could just sign in in office and if they (1+ / 0-)
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      not this time

      KNNOW her take it down

      diarist says everyone KNOWS eachother. otherwise they could sign in in the office show ID then go to the class. Why not?

      that's what we did THIRTY YEARS AGO in my Suburban high school...visitors signed in in office. Maybe no ID, not sure.

      In my inner city bank if the teller knows me I don't have to show my ID to get account info.

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