Cadott School District to ramp up security at elementary school

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU) – The Connecticut school shooting has an area school district thinking more about safety as it carries out a plan for beefed-up security that it had in place before the incident.

On December 31, crews will install an electronic access control on the main door of the Cadott Elementary School. A similar system with video surveillance were added to the Jr./Sr. high school during the summer. The main doors to the elementary school will be locked during the school day, and visitors will have to “buzz in,” identify themselves, and tell school staff what they’re doing at the school before they will be let inside.

Cadott Superintendent Joe Zydowsky says it’s important for the public to be able to access the schools, but the changes are a means of helping to keep students safe. He says the approval of a $9,500,000 referendum in November allowed the district to install the system.

Blog post from Cadott Superintendent Joe Zydowsky:

Nearly a week ago we were just receiving the terrible news regarding the tragedy in Newtown. Our immediate response was to communicate the facts to parents and to provide support for our children and families. As the situation unfolded, it led all of us to think more about the safety and security of our loved ones and to consider whether or not there is anything that we can do to keep our children safer.

Over the years our school district has taken several steps to increase security measures in our schools. In addition to providing appropriate supervision for all of our students and having detailed plans in place for various crisis situations, we have also limited the access to our schools during the school day. To make our facilities more secure, video surveillance and electronic access controls were added to the Jr./Sr. High School this past summer, and our community approved a referendum in November that will allow us to greatly increase the security at Cadott Elementary School. However, we can do more now to keep our students safer and more secure.

On December 31st, an electronic access control will be installed on the main door at Cadott Elementary School. This “buzzer/video system” was already included in the renovation plans, so this system can be reused at that time. Like CHS, even the main entry doors at Cadott Elementary School will now be locked during the school
day, so visitors will need to “buzz in” at the main office before entering the school. At that time, we will ask visitors to state their name and business before access is granted. Please understand that we value community and parent involvement and appreciate the importance of public access to school district facilities. These changes are not meant to reduce community or parent involvement, but rather to help keep our students and
staff safe.

Despite all of these safety measures, it is impossible to plan for and prevent all possible scenarios. Much of the prevention that we can provide comes from all of us working together and communicating with our children.

We continue to encourage all of our students to report any suspicious behaviors to adults in our schools, and we ask that parents continue to have good communication with your children and their teachers. We continue to take situations of harassment and bullying very seriously in our school district, as demonstrated by school board policies and the actions taken by our staff members.

It is the mission of our school district to challenge each and every student to reach his or her full potential. To accomplish this mission, we will continue to provide our students and staff with an environment that is safe and secure and optimal for learning. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact me.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

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