How safe is our school? Since the school shooting in December at Sandy Hook Elementary, North Tama administrators, teachers, and school board members have been investigating ways to make our school a safer facility. Some precautionary measures we have initiated are: having visitors sign in at the main office and locking all but two doors during the school day. Future changes are in the works, as we are in the process of putting together safety buckets for each classroom. These buckets contain items for use during a lockdown situation. I would like to thank our local businesses who provided supplies and money to make this happen.
The biggest change soon to occur is the installation of two new security door systems. These doors will be the only entrances anyone can enter the building between the hours of 8:45 a.m. - 3:10 p.m. Anyone entering the building during that time will have to push a button before the Main Office staff allows them entry. A camera will be installed at each door allowing Main Office personnel to see who wants to enter the building. Visitors (non-students) will still need to sign in at the main office and get an I.D. badge. Everyone is encouraged to use the Main Entrance doors on the north side of the building. This may seem as an inconvenience but, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."