In Glens Falls City Schools, we value the health, safety, and well-being of every student and staff member.
As violence troubles schools across the nation, Glens Falls administrators have redoubled efforts to strengthen the security of district buildings — and those efforts continue today. Some recent safety enhancements around the district include:
- In January of 2019, GFPD Officer John Norton became the School Resource Officer for the district. Officer Norton provides a daily presence in the High and Middle Schools, and also visits Glens Falls’ three elementary buildings to provide guidance, assist principals, and build relationships with students.
- At all schools, red lights are installed at each front entrance. The lights will flash when a school goes into a lockdown or lockout situation, alerting people outside the building that they should not try to enter.
- All school buildings now (2019) have an enclosed, secure, main entrance vestibule that allows visitors to communicate with school staff and be “buzzed” through locked doors to enter the building.
- At each school, exterior doors remain locked during the school day, opened only by staff member key-fob access panels. Safety glass is in use on door panels and windows, and security cameras allow for monitoring of facilities.
Our efforts persist as we work together to provide a safe, positive and stimulating environment for our students, through the use of emergency drills, staff trainings, and continued review of protocols for building security.