East Baton Rouge School District hears from parents about safety in schools

POSTED: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 10:04pm

Ever since the Connecticut school shootings a few months ago, school districts around the country have been revamping their security systems and East Baton Rouge is no exception.

Over the next two weeks the public will have their chance to voice their ideas about improving the security in the East Baton Rouge School District.

Monday night was the first forum that was focusing on what measures are already in place and how they can possibly be improved. Some parents and they say they are confident with the current security, and after hearing some new ideas from the district, they feel even better about sending their kids to school.

“You hope nothing like that ever happens to your child and your heart just bleeds for the families that did have victims in the shooting," says EBR parent, Michelle Loftin. Michelle Loftin hopes to never have to face what some parents of students at Sandy Hook did a few months ago.

And she says she knows there is only so much you can do to keep a school secure. “My son has going through public school since first grade and security issues always arise in one form or another," noted Loftin.

New and old security measures are being introduced to the parents but the main focus is getting the parents input and learning what they think needs to change.

“I think they appear to be doing the best that they can with the resources they have available," says Loftin.

And East Baton Rouge School District says safety is something it is constantly working to improve even before the tragedy at Sandy Hook.

“Safety and emergency response plans are something that should be visited on a regular basis anyway so the school district has always taken a proactive approach to looking at those plans,” says EBR School District Representative, Susan Nelson.

And by receiving input from parents across the district, the system parents like Michelle Loftin already thinks is successful will just become that much better and more secure.

Some of the changes will be to eliminate all entrances but one to help funnel traffic toward the main offices and possibly look into doors that only open from the inside out. Susan also says that administrators will be attending a national conference soon to learn and work with other leaders about safety in public schools.

Below is the list of the other locations for the forum.

* 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 19
At Woodlawn Elementary School, 8160 Antioch Road

* 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 20
At Scotlandville Magnet High School, 9870 Scotland Ave.

* 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 27
At Northeast Elementary School, 13801 Port Hudson-Pride Road, Pride

* 6 p.m. Thursday, February 28
At Forest Heights Academy of Excellence, 7447 Sumrall Dr.

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