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Bethlehem Superintendent addressing school safety concerns


BETHLEHEM, N.Y. - The Bethlehem Central School District is one of the many districts in the area addressing concerns of parents and students after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Bethlehem Superintendent Dr. Thomas Douglas is addressing those concerns at the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the high school library.

Douglas assures parents concerned with safety that all elementary schools and the middle school have their doors locked with a single point of secured access to the building. Visitors and students wishing to enter these buildings need to announce themselves and be buzzed in by school personnel. Douglas says the high school uses a main entry point system that is always monitored and supervised. Visitors must sign in with school personnel and state their business in the school prior to moving about the building.

"I have asked for all building safety committees to meet as soon as possible this week, to review their overall safety plans and/or procedures. The administration will then convene a district wide safety team meeting to review, revise, and/or recommend any potential changes needed to make sure we keep all of our schools and most importantly, our children as safe as we can," Douglas says.

He also adds teachers will not bring up the tragedy with their classes, except as may be appropriate in certain advanced grade levels.

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