Weekly Question: How Do We Make Wayland Schools More Secure?

The question of school security has been on many people's minds this week for understandable reasons.

The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., has understandably left many parents, students, school employyes and the members of the public at large shaken.

Mixed in with the grief and disbelief come the very real questions about how to better secure our schools. After all, the doors of Sandy Hook Elementary were apparently locked, but that didn't stop the gunman.

Now, members of the Wayland community are asking questions about how safe Wayland's schools are and what, if anything, should be done to make them safer.

Monday night, Superintendent Paul Stein told School Committee members that he had heard a variety of "creative" ideas from members of the community regarding how best to secure Wayland's schools. He said that conversations were already taking place surrounding school security, but will likely be accelerated in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.

We've asked in the past how resident feel about security cameras at Wayland's schools. (Some were installed at the new high school as part of construction). You can check out some of the comments that question received here.

This week, we want to extend the question beyond security cameras to ask, How can we make Wayland schools safer or more secure?

Stein said he'd heard some creative ideas, though he didn't elaborate at that time. We'd like you to elaborate here.

Sign in to Wayland Patch (click, "Sign In" in the upper, right-hand corner) and leave your thoughts in the comments section below. If these conversations are taking place, perhaps your idea is one that needs to be considered.


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