WINDSOR — Justin Webb wants his children to be safe when he sends them to school.
Webb and other parents talked to administrators and offered suggestions on school safety during the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District’s community safety forum Monday night at Windsor High School.
“I just want my kids to have a safe environment,” said Webb, who has a child in kindergarten at Tozer Primary School in Windsor. “I talked to my wife and we don’t have any big concerns about school safety, but it’s always good to review and know what the district is doing to stay on top of it.”
One of the three stations at the forum focused on overall school safety where parents could write down how safe they feel their child is, their concerns about school safety and suggestions to improve safety.
Suggestions included controlling school access, background checks of parents and volunteers, all doors locked except the front door and someone monitoring the front entrance at all times.
Another station targeted bully prevention, and the third station was about school bus safety.
“This was not a presentation. This was for us to gather feedback from our parents and our community as to how they rate school safety, give us some feedback on bully prevention programs and how they seem to be working as well as transportation and safety on our buses. We will use this information to help us plan next steps,” superintendent Karen Trusler said. “We want to keep our safety precautions in place, but we also want to listen to concerns and suggestions.”
A Grandview Elementary School parent, who has a kindergartner at the school, is worried about easy access into the school.
“There’s just not secure enough check-in for visitors on campus,” said the parent, who asked to remain anonymous. “You can go in the front doors, and lot of times there are not people there to stop you. You can just take off down the hall.”
Grandview principal Dave Grubbs understands the concern of the parent, but he also wants to keep a climate where visitors are welcomed.
“We do have a great plan in place. We have never had anything like that happen,” he said. “We’re aware that it could happen, but Grandview is more known for its friendly, inviting, professional attitude. People like to come in our building and help kids. When you change things drastically to keep everyone out, that climate and culture will also change. I’m afraid of the negative implications it can have on the kids.”