Safety upgrades being made at Re-2 schools
School may be out, but there is a lot going on in the Garfield School District Re-2 this summer.
Garfield Re-2 received a Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District grant for about $239,000. The district wrote the grant to support student safety upgrades in our schools, and crews began work this week.
Four schools, Kathryn Senor Elementary, Highland Elementary, Wamsley Elementary and Coal Ridge High School will undergo construction this summer to modify entryways to make it a requirement that all visitors check in at the front office prior to accessing the school. At Coal Ridge High School, a camera monitoring and buzz-in system at the student entry to the north of the school will also be added.
Garfield Re-2 will be implementing two new systems to help with school and student safety.
The first is School Gate Guardian. This is a computerized check-in/check-out system that interfaces with our student database PowerSchool and will require parents and visitors to provide photo identification prior to receiving a badge to access the school. This system also cross-references with the national known sexual predator database.
School Gate Guardian will be implemented districtwide so that there is a consistent check-in/check-out system for parents and school visitors. The addition of School Gate Guardian will increase the accountability for everyone in a school building at any given time, and ensure that those who are in our buildings are there with a purpose and that in the case of emergency, those visiting our schools can be accounted for.
The second system we will be implementing is the Zonar Bus pass and Zonar GPS system. This system will allow the district to take a comprehensive look at routes to make them as efficient as possible and it will provide parents with additional information about where the buses are at any given time. The Zonar Bus system has a smart phone app that parents can download that will provide real time information about where the buses are. Students will be asked to carry a bus pass to help the district know which students are on the buses.
Parents can expect to find additional information in their e-mail boxes, on the Garfield Re-2 website (www.garfieldre2.org) and in their physical mail boxes this summer about both of these exciting programs. There will also be information at back-to-school nights.
All of these changes will require parents, students and staff to do some adjusting. Garfield Re-2 is thankful for the support of the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District to make these modifications to improve student and staff safety possible.
If you have any questions about any of the school safety upgrades that will be occurring this summer, please contact Theresa Hamilton at 970-665-7621.
Theresa Hamilton is the director of districtwide services for the Garfield School District Re-2, serving Rifle, Silt and New Castle. Contact her at 665-7621.
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