Avon Superintendent to Present Recommended School Security Improvements to BOE

Some of the security measures were already implemented after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

Avon schools have heightened security procedures at school buildings in response to the mass shooting that killed 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.

Avon Superintendent Gary Mala will present a summary of recommendations to improve security and increase safety at the schools to the Board of Education at its Tuesday night meeting.

He addressed the new recommended security measures in a letter to the community at the start of the New Year. To read the leader, click on the link provided.

The list of recommendations in the letter includes supervision outside the schools toward the beginning and end of school, more regular Avon police routine patrols at the schools, locking all school doors at the start of the school day, the use of "auditory visual mechanism" and a "electronic door release" at each school when admitting visitors, the implementation of "private, unarmed security" at Avon High School main entrances and after school by the gym doors and the requirement for visitors to sign in and out.

Principals have also been asked to review student pick-up protocols.

The school board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Avon High School Community Room.

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