All Chippewa Valley school buildings will operate in a state of modified lockdown this week as administrators continue to review the district's own security measures in the wake of Friday's school shootings in Connecticut.
"We continually review our policies and procedures and we strive to ensure that our schools remain safe places for everyone," Chippewa Valley Superintendent Ron Roberts wrote in an email to parents. "In light of recent events, the district has elected to place all of its building in a modified lockdown (this) week."
Security measures for the "modified" lockdown include:
- All perimeter doors to be locked after students have entered for the day, including the school's main entrance.
- Main entrance doors to be monitored throughout the day by staff
- Requiring all visitors to the school to use the main entrance doors.
- Visitors asked to show a driver's license and/or photo ID before being allowed to enter the building, and required to state the purpose of the visit prior to being allowed to go to the main office where they will sign in and be assisted by school personnel.
- All interior classroom doors to be locked while class is in session. Only those individuals who have business in the classroom will be allowed inside.
- No outside recess this week.
- Staff members will remain alert and will monitor hallways, while security system camera will provide the ability to monitor other areas of the building.
"We want you to know that the safety and security of your children is our number one priority and we are prepared to do whatever we feel is necessary to keep our schools safe," Roberts wrote. "During this time we ask for your support and your cooperation."
Chippewa Valley Schools' holiday break begins Dec. 22, with school resuming Jan. 7, 2013. Administrators are currently reviewing whether the modified lockdown policy will continue into the New Year.