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Baldwin County moving forward on safer schools initiative

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Some new school safety plans are about to be implemented in Baldwin County.  On change will affect how parents are able to interact with their children and teachers.  Some new safety procedures are already underway and there’s more to come.  

Superintendent Eddie Tyler said Thursday, March 08, 2018 at a press conference at Daphne High School that we’re in a new day and time and a new way of thinking is required.

“No longer can a visitor or parents dart in and out of our campuses.  The one minute in and out to drop off a notebook or cupcakes is no more,” Tyler said.

Tyler laid down the groundwork for what’s to come on all 46 campuses.  All schools will soon have a single point of entry.  Those doors will be locked and visitors will have to ring a doorbell and show identification before there are let in.

“I know there’s going to be inconveniences for all of our parents,” Tyler explained.  “There’s going to be some that are very upset, but right now my mission is to make sure that our employees and our students are safe.”

It’s a system that’s already in place at Fairhope Middle School where the entire school is under one roof.  School administrators check identification and monitor all visitors coming in with a security camera.  All schools will also be outfitted with a panic button linked directly to 911.  

Students seem to like the changes.

“I’m glad they’re finally taking a stance because before, I didn’t think about how harsh it could be,” said Daphne senior, Elisa Koolman.  “I just assumed if I’m at school, I’m safe.”

“At the end of the day, we’re just trying to have a safe community,” added Daphne junior, Aidan Gordon.  “We’re just trying to make each other safe and we should listen to everybody’s ideas.  We should do things for the students’ best interest…for their safety.”

Baldwin County Sheriff, Hoss Mack said he’s also getting great cooperation from the municipalities around the county in working towards a goal of having a full-time School Resource Officer at every school in the county.  

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