Editor's Note: This article was written and submitted by Chris Boyle.
At January’s North Bellmore Board of Education meeting, the topic of school safety was on the forefront due to the shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“I think we were all horrified and shocked by the shootings at Sandy Hook,” Principal Arnold Goldstein said. “There are no words to describe the grief for those children and staff members that were lost. In addition to mourning for the loss of these children and educators, who were true heroes, we much look inwards to make sure that we are doing all we can to maintain the safety and security of our children and staff.”
Goldstein mentioned that members of his staff recently attended a county-wide workshop given by the Nassau Police Department on ways to prevent violent incidents in schools. Goldstein added that the North Bellmore district is constantly reviewing and revising their safety guidelines to make sure they’re effective as possible.
“We did this after Columbine, we did this after 9/11, and we’re doing it now,” Goldstein said. “Each time, we altered what we did as a result, because you have to learn from what happens, particularly when the unthinkable happens.”
Goldstein outlined some of the security measures that are in place in the North Bellmore district, including the use of safety drills, staff training, walkie-talkies, security cameras, key card swipes, in addition to revisions and additions that are being planned for implementation in the near future.
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