New school safety measures in Hopkins County | News
From Hopkins County Schools:
Visitors will be required to show identification as part of new safety measures that go into effect throughout Hopkins County Schools in January.
All visitors must report directly to the office after entering a building. If they need to go anywhere else in the building – whether it is to attend a meeting, eat with their child, etc., – they must sign in and ex-change an ID for a visitor’s badge. While a few schools already required visitors to leave an ID, this will be a new procedure for most of our buildings.
Additional changes that are being put in place include the following:
Adults will no longer be allowed to enter the schools and walk their students to class in the morning, nor walk students out in the afternoons. All car riders must be dropped off and picked up in the car rider line.
Each school will determine where walkers will enter and exit their building because each school is unique as far as traffic flow and the number of walkers. Dismissal times for walkers will also be differ-ent from school to school so students can avoid traffic. Schools will have an area where adults who come to school to walk their students home may pick them up without going through the building. These rules are for students who truly walk home. Car riders MUST use the car rider line.
An ID must be presented in the office to check students out of school. Schools have been told to enforce this rule even if office personnel know the parent/guardian.
We ask parents and other visitors to please be patient as these procedures are being implemented. We understand that these measures may cause some delays, but they are being put in place to make our stu-dents and schools more secure.