Concerned Grandmother about School Safety

This was my last week experience at a local public school. I am still concerned about the physical safety for our children.


On Wednesday the 16th at 4:30 I went to pick-up my granddaughter in the entrance of an elementary school in Fairfield. I got there a few minutes early, carrying my other grandaughter who is 2 ½.The doors were locked and a sign stated ring the bell, so I did and no one had answered.
Looking thru the window I realized that there were no adults in the front office. There were three students, one on the phone and two sitting down in the chairs. Then a delivery man was standing next to me noticing how there was no one available to answer the door.
The little girl that was on the phone opened the door for us and walked back to the main office and went back to the phone. At this point the delivery man was not happy that there was still nobody to sign for his delivery after waiting for ten minutes. I am a little puzzled that is was extremely easy to get into the school with no questions asked and let alone a student had opened the doors. A few minutes later a gentleman appears and I ask him the whereabouts of my granddaughter, he said he would have to check his paperwork to tell me where exactly she is. I mention to him how surprised I am about the easy access to the school, he then tells me that he works for an organization conducting the after school program. The same little girl from before goes and opens the front door for a woman and a couple of men. She starts chatting with the lady about not being able to reach her parent. I see the principal coming down the hall and entering the reception area of the office, and I bothering me. I approached the principal and I explained to her how uncomfortable I am with people having access to the school, no adult in sight to supervise who can enter the building, especially after the heartbreaking events last month in another just need to say something at this point because the situation is really Connecticut school. She explained to me that the person that works the front office went home early due to being sick and that there is usually always someone there. The reason for the principal not being there was because she had to supervise the children going on the bus. She asked what child I was there for and that I could expect her momentarily. I guess I am dismissed. This is really nagging me, I mentioned it to a couple of friends and family members, and everyone of them feel that something is wrong with this system. Can the PTA have a volunteer helping out after regular school hours? Can somebody from the school personnel replace the sick person? I understand very well that 1 principal can not be everywhere. Is this happening on a regular basis.
YES, I am really worried.

A concerned Grandmother

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Mark Schultz January 24, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Locked entrance is not failsafe solution even if office staff buzz people through individually. Any "deliveryman" or someone who looks like a someone's family member gets through. Ideal though if staff don't look like clowns though. This grandmother's point is well taken.


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