Garrett County Public Schools have been proactive in implementing additional security measures in all schools over the past six months. New door security hardware and the incorporation of School Resource Officers (SROs) have been put in place for the opening of schools on Monday, August 26th.
The school system has placed cameras and video recording equipment, access control door entry systems, and entry intercoms/buzzers at all schools to provide additional security for the students, staff, and visitors. Also, the security software will allow for a keyless entry system for all employees and will allow the schools to be locked at all times during the school day.
Parents and guardians who want to access a particular school will need to ring the buzzer at the front door entrance. Office staff will communicate through the intercom system and, if approved, will grant access to the building. A photo identification may be required.
The Garrett County Commissioners have funded two full-time School Resource Officers (SROs) for the upcoming school year: one for the northern end of the county and one for the southern end. Sheriff Robert Corley will have the overall responsibility for Lt. Clark Warnick and Deputy Tim Sanders. Lt. Warnick and Deputy Sanders are full time law enforcement officers of the Garrett County Sheriff’s office and will have offices in the schools. Their daily law enforcement and educational activities will be coordinated with the local school administration staff.
Mrs. Cynthia Downton, President of the Garrett County Board of Education, stated, “The safety and security of our students and staff are paramount to the Board of Education. We appreciate the support of the Garrett County Commissioners, Garrett County Sheriff’s Office, and the Maryland State Department of Education for their support of these important safety initiatives. In addition to these measures, we remind our school staff and community members to continue to be vigilant regarding strangers around school grounds or in our schools.”
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