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SOUND OFF: What Safety Steps Should Hingham Schools Take?

In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, what safety plans should Hingham schools put in place? Should they increase security? Tell us in the comment section.

Many teachers met in Hingham on Monday to review all existing safety procedures and practices after the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

At the Foster School, Principal Debbie Stellar held an early staff meeting where teachers reviewed emergency protocols and discussed how they would respond to students with questions about the Connecticut tragedy.

Foster will now lock their entrances before 8:10 a.m. and will ask parents and guardians to identify themselves before they enter the building.

"It may take you longer to pick up or drop off your children," Stellar said in an email to parents. "If we don’t recognize who you are, you may hear 'How can I help you' or 'Could you look into the camera' before the door unlocks.  This ensures that we recognize everyone who enters or we are aware of the purpose of the visit."

The Plymouth River School conducted a morning meeting with all students in grades 3-5 which focused on the safety of the building.

We want to know what you think should be done locally after this tragedy.

Should Hingham schools increase security at schools? Change any existing plans for emergencies?

Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below. 

JANE December 30, 2012 at 02:55 PM
For one thing, the school committee should seriously rethink the two-story glass wall at the entrance of the new middle school now under construction. There is no reason for that

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