(AUDUBON) The Audubon School was one of many schools across the country who reviewed their safety procedures this week following the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday.
Audubon Superintendent Brett Gibbs said they continue to look at steps they can take to make sure the students and staff are safe, as well as reviewing their lockdown procedures.
“Unfortunately, like most schools that were built in the 50’s and 60’s, nobody designed schools with that thought in mind that you might have to actually keep bad people out,” said Gibbs. “We have issues with some of our buildings that are not connected to each other and that causes us issues with kids going in and out, so some things we need to continue to work on and work through.”
Gibbs said the School Board spoke to some of the kids who attended their meeting Monday night and asked them if they felt safe in their school. The kids said they did feel safe, but there were some general concerns.
“There were some concerns about how do we control entry, how would we know if a student brought something in their duffel bag; things we think about all the time,” said Gibbs. “There aren’t necessarily any easy answers short of metal detectors, and guards and barbed wire fences around the buildings; there is no 100% sure way.”
Gibbs ensures parents that their kids are safe in the Audubon School, but they will continue to take extra precautions. He said, like any small town, you know 99% of the people that come into your school, but everyone will be held to the same standard.
“We’ll be getting a lot more information out to people and to our vendors and making sure that everybody understands why we have to do this and I would think they would understand that this is why they can’t just walk into the school whenever they feel like it anymore and this is why we’re doing those things,” said Gibbs. “I think for the protection of kids they will understand the changes that will have to be made and the policies they we’re going to have to enforce.”