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F-M School District outlines security measures in wake of Sandy Hook shooting

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District sent an email to parents in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut today that claimed the lives of 27.

In the wake of the tragedy, parents may have questions about the safety and security of the district school buildings, the email said. It outlined a variety of measures and programs put in place over the years to deter school violence – the majority of which focus on building a stronger school community through communication, respect and responsibility.

"There is nothing more important to us at F-M than the safety of our students and staff,” Superintendent Corliss Kaiser said.

Security measures have been put in place at each building to make the schools as safe as they can be.

“We train our staff annually on safety procedures,” said F-M Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Michael Vespi. “Since the district’s School Information and Resource Officer began in the district, our staff regularly works with him on safety issues and/or concerns. We strive to do the best we can to protect our kids.”

According to the school district, some of these measures include:

—Doors at all of the district’s middle schools and elementary schools are locked except during arrival, departure and other specified times. When the doors are locked, visitors must "buzz-in" to office staff at the main entrance for admission using a video intercom.

—At the high school, instead of entering via the intercom system, visitors sign in with a security aide stationed at each House’s main entrance during the school day.

—Within each school, all visitors are required to have a visitor’s pass at all times.

—All new employees, including teachers, are fingerprinted before they are hired and extensive background checks on done by the State Education Department and FBI.

Parents or community members having questions or concerns about the information above are encouraged to call the district at 692-1234 or visit fmschools.org.

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