Dorchester School District 2 has been working to improve security as its schools for over a year now after it formed its safety task force committee. On Thursday night, the committee met to discuss its progress on meeting its safety goals and continue to implement other security initiatives.
The committee was formed after the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last year and since then the committee has been regularly meeting.
At the most recent meeting, members discussed installing specialized locks in school classrooms (that can only be opened from the inside once closed), adding in bidirectional antennas in schools so teachers can directly communicate with first responders, adding more Stop the Bleed kits to classrooms (and training more staff) and encouraging the reporting of potential threats.
DD2 officials said they feel that the district’s schools are safer since the formation of the committee.
“The overall goal is to provide a safe environment for our students and our adults in the building so that learning is first when it comes to our job as educators. However to do that, everyone needs to feel safe,” said Dr. Toni Cappelletti, Director of Special Services at DD2.
The committee is also working with some of the district’s students to create a logo for a campaign called “look out, speak out.” The logo will be posted at all of the schools to encourage reporting of potential threats.
The district board has voted to continue the safety task force through 2020.