BASD Adjusts Security Policies Following PSP Recommendations
The Brookville Area School District received a good report from the State Police who recently reviewed the District’s security policies. The State Police congratulated the District on its emergency policies, which have a chain-of-command that is three levels deep. Also, the State Police were impressed that so many teachers had received training in passive restraint and with the District’s lockdown and active shooter plans.
The State Police recommended two changes to improve the security of the District’s property. The two highest priorities were eliminating parking spaces next to buildings and securing the property from any outsiders while school is in session. Because of concerns for emergency vehicles accessing the building and the potential of a parked car with dangerous devices next to the building, the State Police recommend all parking space be reallocated away from the building walls. Over the summer, the budgeted repaving project for the high school will result in new parking lines and the elimination of spaces abutting the building. There will still be sufficient parking for all teachers and staff.
The District will also be enacting new policies that permit only those persons with reasons related to school business or their student to be on District campus grounds while school is in session. “We were hesitant about implementing this policy because a number of community members walk the track and parking lot at our Hickory Grove and High School campus,” Said Principal Ruthanne Barbazzeni. “But we have to take seriously the safety of our students and the recommendations of the State Police.” The BASD School Board approved this policy and directed new signs to be placed around the campus perimeters that remind community members to return to walk or enjoy the playground when school is not in session.
“We have to consider first the safety of our students, but we want the community to have access to the track and playground whenever possible,” stated board member Don Gill. To accommodate state safety guidelines and to continue welcoming the community, the amended school policy states the grounds are inaccessible only when school is in session, from 7am-4pm during the academic year. On weekends, in the summer, on snow days, and when flex days permit earlier use of the grounds, the public is welcome on school grounds to use the playground, basketball courts, and track.