August 27, 2013 at 7:07 AM
MAPLEWOOD, NJ – New security measures are being put into place at Columbia High School for the new school year. They include locking the front doors to visitors, who will need to use a newly installed buzzer to request entrance to the school.
Security guards will be able to see the visitors via a camera at the door and will buzz in the visitors who must then report in to the security desk. In the past, the front doors have always been open, and visitors were directed to report to the security desk after entering.
A second change being implemented is in the cafeteria. Although the school has an open lunch policy, and students may leave campus during their lunch break, the cafeteria doors are now going to be locked from the outside. Students will be able to exit via the cafeteria, but will have to go to the front door to regain entrance to the building at the period break.
These changes will “increase the safety and security of Columbia High School,” said Superintendent Brian Osborne. “They might be a little hard to get used to at first, but it will seem like it’s never been different after a short period of time.”
Osborne noted that the new policy of making students who have left campus for lunch gather at the front door and enter at the period break will be enforced even in inclement weather.
“We must be able to track exactly who is coming in and out of the building, and that the building stays safe and secure,” Osborne said.