WARREN, NJ – Ron Berry, the Warren Township School district’s safety and security officer, presented an update on security at the last meeting of the Warren Township Board of Education.
Highlighted upgrades include blue lights signaling announcements, the installation of panic buttons, updates to the evacuation plans, and upgrades to the surveillance cameras.
The upgrades to the surveillance cameras include filling in dead spots, coverage and visibility at the main entrances, and adding larger monitors for the principals showing every camera in their school.
Berry said blue Lights will be installed in “all of those high noise areas so that you have some visual recognition with hearing the message.“ They will be especially helpful in noisy cafeterias alerting students and staff that an announcement is being made.
Panic buttons will come later. Gov. Phil Murphy signed the ‘Alyssa’s Law,’ bill into law earlier this year requiring schools to have at least one panic button, however, there is disparity among professionals on the approach. The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office is considering a system for all county school districts.
Berry also updated the board on safety measures that have been implemented including the color coded wristbands and lanyards for visitors and staff, and the traffic management of the parking lots. Parent and visitor parking at the Middle School continue to be issues with parking in fire lanes and not following the traffic flow patterns. New procedures have helped, he said.
This photo was taken last year and illustrates one of the problems.....cars parked in the fire lane, and not in designated spots.
The next meeting of the Warren Township Board of Education is Oct. 7