FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – Franklin Township's Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Ravally published a letter on the district’s website alerting the community about security and safety measures being taken to protect students and staff from potential threats.
The statement comes in the wake of the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida where 17 students and staff members at a high school were shot and killed by an alleged gunman.
The Feb.19 letter begins with a statement about how the district works closely with the police department and its established emergency management plans.
In the aftermath of the horrific event that took place in South Florida last week, we realize that many of you have school security on your mind. I want to take this opportunity to inform you that we, as a school district, work constantly in partnership with the Franklin Township Police Department to make our school campuses safe for our students. We have established emergency management plans in place that cover a wide range of scenarios and we conduct monthly drills to practice the execution of those plans.
In addition to conducting monthly security drills, we also have made physical changes to our facilities to help hinder those looking to create harm in our schools. Some of these changes include upgrades to our card swipe systems, upgrades to our surveillance systems and physical changes at our entrances and exits.
In recent months we have added two new security systems to further protect our staff and students. The first, called “Lobby Guard”, conducts immediate background checks on those visiting our schools helping to ensure those visitors do not pose a threat to our students. The latest system to be introduced is a close loop communication system called “Share 911” which is intended to open a direct line of communication between law enforcement, district staff and administrators in the event of an emergency.
In addition to the communication upgrades, physical changes to facilities and the emergency plans in place, we have worked extremely hard in recent years to assist students who are facing emotional and social difficulties. We have a number of resources both in and out of the district to assist students when dealing with social and emotional challenges.
The Franklin Township Police Department has a consistent presence in our schools and their police officers work closely with our district safety officers. During the next few weeks we will be adding additional safety officers to our campuses to strengthen the security presence in and around our schools.
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