Potsdam School District Revisits Safety Policies


The shooting tragedy at the school in Newtown, Connecticut has local school districts revisiting procedures and policies to prevent a similar occurrence from happening here.

At Potsdam's A.A. Kingston Middle School, teachers are being instructed to keep their classroom doors locked during the day, rather than just locking them when the teacher leaves the room.

In a memo to parents informing them of the increased precautions, Principal James Cruickshank says the middle school will also "be increasing our level of vigilance with visitors to our school."

Visitors are currently required to check in at the office for a nametag.

Cruickshank says anyone without a nametag will be questioned by school officials.

Meanwhile, the district's safety committee is meeting Wednesday to discuss installing a buzzer system for visitors entering the school's front door, similar to that being used at the elementary and high school.

While school officials say incidents like the one in Connecticut are rare, students may still experience a heightened sense of anxiety.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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