Cinnaminson schools’ superintendent Salvatore Illuzzi said the district is putting immediate safety precautions in place in light of the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and will also continue talks for long-term measures.
Over the weekend, Illuzzi sent a letter to parents outlining school safety measures. Cinnaminson Patch spoke with Illuzzi this week about the issue further.
In the immediate, Illuzzi said he is requesting a police presence at New Albany School Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for the second-grade concert.
“Normally, we would not have done anything like that,” Illuzzi said, “ but given the school will be packed both times for the concert, we thought it would be a prudent thing to do.”
Also, Illuzzi said crisis drills would go on as planned.
According to the New Jersey Department of Education website, schools across the state must hold several security drills including bomb threat, lockdown and active shooter events each year.
“In the long run,” Illuzzi added, “we will continue our discussions with our township police.”
Police officers visit each school at least once a day and Illuzzi said officers have “increased their presence in our schools.”
As far as hardware goes, the district is equipped Illuzzi said. Cameras, monitors, ID cards and locks are at each building. Every single classroom in the district has a “columbine” lock; once a room door is closed, it can only be opened from the inside.
“Nobody else in three states has those,” Illuzzi said.
It’s the “human element” Illuzzi said needs to be continually talked about in safety discussions.
And finally, in all buildings, crisis counselors and guidance counselors are readily available in times of need.
To read more about safety precautions at Cinnaminson schools, click here to read Illuzzi’s letter home to parents.