Palisades Park Public School Security Protocol
Dear Palisades Park Community,
What makes me most proud as the Superintendent of Schools is how we all come together and are in 100% agreement when it comes to our belief that the children of Palisades Park are our most cherished resource. It is with this in mind that the Board of Education acted to greatly enhance school security in all of our facilities to ensure the safety of our students. This multifaceted approach to improving school security will employ trained security personnel combined with state of the art technology to strictly monitor who has access to our school facilities.
The board approved the hiring of private security officers to be stationed at the entrance of each of our schools. Additionally, the board has purchased Lobby Guard software to be installed at each school entrance. Lobby Guard kiosks require each visitor to furnish his/her driver’s license for entry to the school. The system then instantly runs a background check on all who attempt to enter the school by searching national data bases for sex offenders or criminals, or a local list of banned individuals.
After investigating each visitor, the kiosk provides a sticker/name tag for the visitor that must be returned prior to exiting the building. This system makes it possible for our security team to track sign in time, sign out time, reason for visit, who was visited, and much more.
Effective February 1, 2017, all visitors will be required to comply with the following new regulations-- otherwise entrance to our schools will be denied.
No visitors are to enter the building with students during arrival. It is strongly encouraged that all visitors schedule an appointment to enter our buildings.
Upon admittance, all visitors will state the purpose of their visit and/or specify with whom they have the appointment.
All visitors will be required to show photo identification and sign in with the Security Officer at each building’s main entrance, who will use the photo ID to run the background check.
When finished with a visit, all visitors will be required to return the sticker tag so it can be scanned and they can exit the system.
Please read the full message from Dr. Cirillo by clicking below.
At first, the new security protocols will seem like an inconvenience for our regular visitors who have been and will always be welcome. In fact, we may even be saddened by the need to employ new security systems, but all we need to do is turn on the daily news to know that all institutions must be prepared.
As someone who has worked in this community for 14 years, I know that we value and promote the “family atmosphere” and never anticipated the need to take these serious steps. Yet, I am optimistic that, despite the initial inconvenience, our community and all visitors will ultimately recognize our need to be proactive and vigilant.
We all agree wholeheartedly that the SAFETY of our students is and will always be our utmost priority. As always, let’s pull together to get this done!
Thank you for your support, patience, and cooperation as we all work together to adjust to these new protocols.
Dr. Joseph Cirillo Superintendent of Schools