THORNWOOD, N.Y. – In an effort to keep better track of who enters and exits its schools on a daily basis, the Mount Pleasant Central School District plans to update its visitor policy.
The key addition to the policy will require all visitors to present a valid photo identification to the greeter at each of the four schools when visiting. The policy is being altered to accommodate the district's new security system. As part of the new system, the school will be able to use the visitor's ID to search through a database of sexual offenders before allowing the visitor into the building.
The district planned to install the new security system months before the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. In light of the tragedy, Superintendent Susan Guiney said that although there is no guarantee to prevent such a situation, the system is a step in the right direction.
"There is no fool-proof security system out there right now," Guiney said in a late-December interview with The Daily Voice. "But this system will certainly continue to ensure that our students as well as faculty and staff members are safe."
The district's previous visitor policy required visitors only to state their reason for visiting with permission from the principal and to sign in and out with the greeter. It was originally adopted in February 2008.
The amended policy will be reviewed and voted to be adopted at Wednesday night's public Board of Education meeting at Westlake High School. The meeting will begin at 8 p.m.