CLARK, NJ – Changes are coming to the Clark Public Schools to enhance school security starting on April 9.  In a letter to parents from Superintendent Ed Grande late Friday, new regulations governing school access were outlined along with a review of security systems already in place at all schools.

Grande recognized the tragedy of the recent Florida school shootings in the opening of his letter and offered words of sympathy. The letter indicates that safety is always a frontline consideration for school officials.   “Strong security always has been and will continue to be a central focus in our schools,” said Grande.  

The most significant change to the current policies is that visitors will not be permitted in any school buildings without a pre-arranged appointment.   This includes parents or guardians dropping off items to students throughout the day. 

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Parents will now be required to label items and leave them in drop boxes at each school until a staff member can deliver the item to the student.   If a child should forget lunch money, the school will give them a lunch for the day and parents will be billed later.

Additionally visitors will not be granted access to the building within a fifteen-minute window of time around student arrival and dismissal.  These are the specific black-out times for each school:

 

Arrival Window

Dismissal Window

Arthur L. Johnson HS

7:35 a.m. to 8:05 a.m.

2:05 p.m. to 2:35 p.m.

Carl H. Kumpf

7:50 a.m. to 8:20 a.m.

2:27 p.m. to 2:57 p.m.

Frank K. Hehnly

8:25 a.m. to 8:55 a.m.

2:40 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Valley Road School

8:25 a.m. to 8:55 a.m.

2:40 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Clark Preschool Annex

8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In the letter Grande reviewed the numerous security features that have long been a part of the district’s standard operations such as staff training, monthly drills, school-based crisis response teams, live round the clock video feed and a district wide incident command system.

Grande spoke of the supportive and interactive relationships the school district has with the various branches of emergency responders in Clark and how immediate they are in response to any need.  The full letter from Ed Grande can be viewed herepdf.

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