SD 227 improving security at Rich East, Rich South
By Sarah Zylstra Correspondent April 22, 2013 7:04AM
Updated: May 23, 2013 6:12AM
The entrances at Rich East and Rich South high schools are getting security upgrades.
“In light of what occurred in Connecticut with Sandy Hook just about every school district re-evaluated their security,” Assistant Supt. Ilandus Hampton said at last week’s Rich Township High School District 227’s board meeting.
The new entrances will feature double doors to increase security and to serve as an airlock to keep cold or hot air from entering the building, architect Mario Planera said.
Staff members will be able to buzz in visitors through the second set of doors, which will be locked during the school day, he said.
The district also will investigate the possibility of installing metal detectors, Hampton said.
“The major point here is to make sure that if something occurs it’s isolated in the (entry) area,” he said. “What we’ve seen through our research and in talking with police is that when individuals on the outside understand you have these types of things in place, they think twice about coming into your building.”
District 227 also updated its student handbook to specify that students who allow unauthorized people access to the schools will be suspended or expelled.