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SLC beginning new security procedures on Jan. 21

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BRASHER FALLS - New security procedures will be going into effect starting Jan. 21 in the St. Lawrence Central School District.

The district has been undertaking a capital project to upgrade security and, with that now complete, new procedures can be put into place.

The high school will serve as the main point of entry for the middle and high school building between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. whenever school is in session.

The outside doors of the school will always be open. But, once inside the foyer, visitors will find a new “buzzer system” that will be used to gain access through the inner doors from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Anyone entering the school after 8 a.m. will need to enter through the high school main entrance and sign in through a new window area.

The inner doors at the high school and middle school main entrances, as well as the middle school student drop-off doors, will be open from 7:30 to 7:45 a.m. for students who have pre-arranged with a teacher to be dropped off early. The teacher will meet the student at that location. Other students will be allowed to enter either building at 7:45 a.m.

Student drivers and students who are dropped off at the high school gym entrance can enter the school at 7:45 a.m. Any student who needs to enter the building before that will use the high school main entrance.

Students in grades five through 12 arriving after 8 a.m. will be considered tardy and must enter through the high school main entrance.

Students in grades nine through 12 will need to sign in at the high school office to receive a pass to class.

Students in grades five through eight who are accompanied by a parent must have the parent sign the student in through the high school entrance window. Parents will not be allowed to enter the building except under special circumstances, and the student will sign in at the middle school office.

Students in grades five through who aren’t accompanied by a parent will go to the middle school to sign in at the office.

Parents of students in grades five through eight who are dropping off items must sign in at the high school office.

Parents who sign our their student must be prepared to present a picture identification. Parents or guardians of students in grades five through 12 who are picking them up early must sign the student out and present a picture identification. Students will report to the high school office and meet their parents or guardian in the double doors entryway.

Students who have a signed note from a parent or guardian to leave early must give the note to staff in the middle or high school office by 8 a.m.

Once school is in session, classes will not be interrupted for parents needing to speak to their students except in emergency situations. Parents will not be allowed to visit the classrooms, cafeteria or other unauthorized locations in the school. They can leave a note at the school office for the student, who will receive it at the end of the period, or they can wait in the office until the student can be called to the office at the end of the period.

The elementary school will follow similar access procedures. Visitors to the building will be able to enter through the exterior doors, but will need to sign in and be buzzed in through the intersecting set of doors.

“Please keep in mind that the new security system is in place to help keep our schools and everyone safe within them,” high school Principal Tracy Davison and middle school Principal Christopher Rose said in a posting on the district’s website.

They said anyone with questions can call the middle or high school offices at 389-5131.

“Thank you for your cooperation and support in improving the safety of our students and school community,” they said.

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