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Safety & Security at Norwalk Public Schools

Safety & Security at Norwalk Public Schools
Posted on 08/16/2019
This is the image for the news article titled Safety & Security at Norwalk Public SchoolsAs our students return for the 2019-20 school year, we wanted to take a moment to address school safety and security here in Norwalk.

Our emergency policies and procedures are reviewed regularly throughout the year, and safety drills are performed monthly at all schools. For obvious reasons, we don’t communicate details about these, but they have become part of the routine for students over the years. Particularly in the years since Sandy Hook, students in Norwalk have been practicing Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate and Shelter-in-Place at all grade levels.

Several significant security upgrades have been funded in recent years by the City of Norwalk and Board of Education. Those include digital cameras and new surveillance equipment, which have been installed throughout our schools. Staff has been trained in their use and monitors have been installed at the Norwalk Police Department as well. Cameras are placed in strategic areas, depending on the school. This new equipment is a significant upgrade to our previous monitoring capabilities.

Norwalk uses the Raptor Visitor Management system at every school. A web-based software application, Raptor provides an effective, consistent system for tracking visitors in and out of our schools. Visitors to our schools are asked to provide an official ID, which will be submitted through the Raptor system. 

At all times, it is important that we remember to “see something, say something.” Secondary students and parents have access to the Anonymous Alerts app for this purpose. We encourage students to contact a school administrator or teacher if they are worried about a fellow student, or use the Anonymous Alerts app if they prefer. We ask that our families please reinforce this message at home as well, especially with our secondary students.  

Our District School Safety Committee, which is made up of representatives from every building, meets monthly to discuss safety needs and initiatives. The Committee regularly reviews new information and facts for any lessons we can learn from and apply here in Norwalk.  

Security guards are in place in every school building in Norwalk. In addition, the Norwalk Police Department also provides School Resource Officers for our schools. Our SROs and the entire Norwalk Police Department are proactive partners in our efforts to keep school safe. 

We are deeply committed to making Norwalk schools safe and secure learning environments for our most precious asset, our children. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us, or talk to your school principal. 

 Best regards, 

Dr. Frank Costanzo

Chief of School Operations

costanzof@norwalkps.org

 

 

Joe Rios

School Safety Coordinator

riosjo@norwalkps.org