Cuyahoga Falls City Schools making changes to safety plans, superintendent says

From Staff Reports Published:

In the wake of the shooting deaths at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., changes are being made in the Cuyahoga Falls City School District’s safety plans.

Cuyahoga Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols said his administrative team met with the Falls Police on Monday, Dec. 17, and have identified “three additional levels of security” that will be implemented.

“… our buildings have been far too accessible; thus, each building principal has been asked to identify one point of entry and to institute procedures to monitor the entrance …” said Nichols in a AlertNow phone message that was also posted on the district’s Facebook page. “Second, our staff is being asked to lock and close their doors during instruction and to open their doors during passing time. As we have seen, tragedy happens in those classrooms that are easily accessible. Third, we will continue to allocate resources such that our video surveillance systems can be upgraded and monitored.”

Nichols said there will be an “increased presence of our Cuyahoga Falls Police Department” throughout the week, and added he hoped “the increased presence provides our students, staff, and parents greater peace of mind.”

Nichols encouraged residents to work together and alert district officials if they “notice anything suspicious, hear anything suspicious, or have any suggestions for us.”

He concluded by telling parents and grandparents to “hug your kids today and every day.”

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