Jack Blaum, the security and safety coordinator for the Three Village Central School District, made a presentation to the Board of Education on Sept. 3 to discuss new security protocols in the district.
The installation of surveillance cameras is complete, and there were already two cases at Arrowhead Elementary School where the new system helped identify those responsible. Blaum stressed a “team approach,” adding that if everyone works together, these situations can be quickly resolved.
There are also new security vestibules outside of each building. Staff members have color-coded identification cards that give them access, while visitors need to buzz in and show identification before being granted entry. New York State driver’s license readers create printed visitor badges for guests. There is also additional building coverage after school throughout the district. Two new people are now on patrol at each building from 2-10 p.m.
Also, the district now has direct contact with the Setauket Fire Department, which Blaum said saves considerable time in case of an emergency. Both the police and fire departments have access to the district’s surveillance cameras as well.
Blaum also discussed how all staff receives SAVE (Safe Schools Against Violence in Education) training and a tutorial in the new lockdown procedures. Any staff member can call 911 or initiate a lockdown in the event of an emergency.
Superintendent Cheryl Pedisich and board members commended Blaum for his diligence in making Three Village as safe as it could possibly be.
“People are paying attention,” Pedisich said. “We are way ahead of the curve, and we should be very proud of that.”