Seneca Valley makes changes to security policy

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Additional school safety measures have gone into place at the Seneca Valley School District in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Seneca Valley School Superintendent Tracy Vitale updated board members at Monday's meeting of the recent changes in the district.

A buzzer system was added to the outside of all of the district's elementary buildings in the last few weeks. Visitors are not admitted without first telling staff their purpose for entering the building.

"A buzzer system is only as good as those operating it," Ms. Vitale said. She said office staff has been trained on how to respond when a visitor approaches the building.

Ms. Vitale said the elementary buildings also have captured entrances which helps staff keep track of those going in and out of the buildings. She said they have not created captured entrances on the secondary campus because of shared entrances between the schools on the campus. They hope to address that issue in the future, she said.

The superintendent said she has also been in close contact with police departments in Cranberry, Harmony and Jackson townships and Zelienople Borough about the safety of the school buildings in those communities.

"I continue to meet with those chiefs of police to talk about what we can be doing better," Ms. Vitale said.

She said the police have provided random visits to the school buildings to assist with the safety measures.

Ms. Vitale said the district has also asked the Pennsylvania State Police to perform a vulnerability assessment on all district buildings. It should be done in July or August, she said.

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Laure Cioffi, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com


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