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Hinsdale school officials: Safety a constant concern

Updated: January 21, 2013 2:34PM



HINSDALE — The superintendent of Hinsdale School District 181 reassured parents about the safety measures in place at their students’ schools and stressed the need to follow them after news broke Friday of the Connecticut school shootings.

In a letter to District 181 families, Superintendent Renee Schuster wrote, “These incidents are a devastating reminder that we must continue to be mindful of the need for strong safety protocols in our schools.

“Through practices such as buzz-in entry systems, visitor sign-in and badges, a strong partnership with our area police and fire departments, and effective communication channels, we can work together to ensure the safety of our students.”

Schuster asked the parents to remind their children they should follow the directions of the school staff and emergency responders if there is an emergency.

District social workers are available to talk to any students who might benefit from talking with them, Schuster said.

Hinsdale High School District 86 Superintendent Nicholas Wahl would not discuss the district’s safety plans and security measures, but said, “we strive to improve them as we did this summer with the renovations to both of the schools main entrances.”

People entering Hinsdale Central and South high schools enter a foyer, where office staff behind a protective window can see them and talk to them. A school employee must “buzz” open locked doors to allow the person to proceed into the school.

“Ensuring the safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority on a daily basis,” Wahl said in an email.



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