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School District Considers Building Security Changes

In this video, Superintendent Chris Richardson talks about short- and long-term security changes administration and the Northfield School Board are considering

In this video, Superintendent Chris Richardson talks about short- and long-term security changes administration and the Northfield School Board are considering.

Given the heightened awareness around school security following the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, Richardson said the district started looking at what could be done differently in Northfield. Also following the shooting, there were security concerns at both the middle and high school.

In the short term, Richardson said all buildings except for Sibley Elementary, where visitors to the school have to be buzzed into the building, will likely get hired help to be greeters at the doors. In those buildings, including Northfield High School, Northfield Middle School, Bridgewater Elementary, Greenvale Park Elementary and Longfellow School, the entrances aren't ideal as visitors can bypass the main office and can walk directly into hallways or rooms.

Looking to the future, Richardson said the district could remodel school entrances, add buzzer systems and install cameras for monitoring.

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