Strait Regional School Board Implements Safe and Secure Welcome Plan

Date: Monday, November 17, 2014 Port Hastings, NS:—Effective today, Monday, November 17, 2014, the Strait Regional School Board has implemented its Safe and Secure Welcome Plan at all entrances to schools with Grades Primary to Six (6) students by locking the front door during the school day only. This Plan is part of the School Board’s ongoing efforts to ensure that parents and guardians and other authorized visitors may access schools while keeping students and staff safe. Once doors are locked, everyone will be required to press the buzzer at the main entrance to the school. Staff in the main office will be able to see and speak to the visitor, and open the door lock to provide access. All visitors are asked to continue to follow current school visitor procedures and report and sign in at the school administration office. While the Safe and Secure Welcome Plan may require some changes in routines for school communities, the focus of this initiative is to introduce another visitor management system that will reduce access to students and staff by unauthorized visitors. Parents/guardians, visitors, media and other community and education partners are an important part of our school communities and are always welcome in schools. On August 6, 2014, the Strait Regional School Board approved its Educational Business Plan for 2014-2015. This Plan outlines the Board’s goals and priorities for this school year. One of the priorities relates to promoting safe and caring learning environments through the implementation of front entrance security systems in 100% of all schools with Grades Primary to Six students. As a result, the School Board is implementing The Safe and Secure Welcome Plan. The Strait Regional School Board appreciates your continued cooperation and support. -30- For more information, please contact: Ford Rice, Superintendent of Schools, 902-625-7065; Deanna Gillis, Coordinator of Communications, 902-625-7093;