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New Door Security System at Cottonwood, Meadowlark, Prairie Creek, Sunflower & Wheatland Elementarys

Posted Date: 01/17/2017

New Door Security System at Cottonwood, Meadowlark, Prairie Creek, Sunflower & Wheatland Elementarys

Andover Public Schools strive to provide a safe environment for students and staff. The district safety committee continually evaluates the safety plans and measures used by the district to regularly improve and maximize safety for students and staff.

Robert Martin Elementary piloted a secured main entrance system last spring with much success. Cottonwood, Meadowlark, Prairie Creek, Sunflower and Wheatland Elementary had electronic locks with a camera and buzz-in system installed at their front doors over Holiday Break. With the implementation of this system, instead of having one door unlocked at the main entrance, all doors to the buildings will be locked between the hours of 8:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. It is important to note that parents and visitors will always be welcome in our schools at any time. This system simply allows the office personnel to screen visitors before they enter the building and provide an additional layer of protection for our students and staff.

All schools in our district require that ALL visitors sign in at the office first and wear visitor identification when in the building. Beginning on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, between the hours of 8:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., anyone without automatic access will need to do the following in order to be allowed in the building:

  • Entry will only be available through one clearly marked door at the main entrance.
  • To get in the designated door, you have to press a button and talk to someone in the front office. The security system is wired with high-definition cameras that give a clear view of the front door. Please face the camera so that office staff can clearly see who is requesting access. If office staff is uncertain of the identity of the person requesting access, visitors will need to provide proof of identity once access is granted. Office staff may get assistance if needed to help screen individuals when identity or approval for access is uncertain.

With these additions made at the elementary schools, this would be a good time to ensure the school office has the names and phone numbers of people you would approve your student be picked up by, or contacted in an emergency if you are unavailable. Office staff would never give permission for a person to check a student out early for the day, unless he/she is on the parents’ approved list.

As we move forward with this process, if you have any questions or concerns as we work together to create a safe learning environment, please feel free to contact the building principal.