District Implements School Building Security Changes

Northfield Public Schools is implementing security changes, including locking or securing the main entrance to buildings during the regular school day.

Beginning Feb. 18, Northfield Public Schools will begin locking or securing the main entrance to school buildings from the start until the end of the regular school day.

In recent months, the district has reviewed and tightened policies and procedures concerning locking doors and admitting visitors to school buildings. For most of the last decade, the district has been locking all outside doors, except for the main building entrances, during school hours.

After the changes are implemented, students will continue to be able to enter the unlocked main entrance before school begins each day and exit the building at any time through any appropriate door.

During the school day, students, parents and other visitors must continue to enter each building through the main entrance. A district employee will be stationed at a table near the front entrance, and when anyone approaches the building, the greeter will assist him or her in conducting business at the school. Due to recent security upgrades at Sibley Elementary School, this building will not have a greeter.

Prior to Feb. 18, parents and caregivers will receive a Northfield Public Schools Skylert message detailing the security measures being put in place in their child’s building. District administrators and staff appreciate the understanding and patience of visitors during the implementation of these efforts.

Please call 507.663.0629 with questions.

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Jessica Hendrickson February 14, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Are you still accepting applications for this security position?
Corey Butler Jr. February 14, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Jessica, these positions will be filled with current staff.
Corey Butler Jr. February 18, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Jessica, I misspoke earlier. I received this message from the district: New staff were hired for the greeter positions, with the exception of the high school where an existing employee's hours were increased. The job posting for greeters was closed on Jan. 30, 2013.


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