Marblehead High School Making Safety Changes To Protect Students, Staff

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MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — In the wake of a deadly mass at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, schools all across the country are re-examining their security protocols to make sure they're keeping students and staff safe.

Marblehead High School is one of those schools, and it is completely overhauling its entrance to ensure staff can protect the school against active shooter situations or any similar threats. Originally, visitors would go through a side entrance to get into the school, but now they'll instead go through the main entrance, which has a clear line of sight and that someone will be monitoring at all times.

School superintendent Dr. John Buckey told WBZ's Brooke McCarthy the school plans to require anyone coming into the school to show their identification and check in using a visitor information management system. The new system makes it so anyone who enters the building will get a special ID card that will allow the school to track who is in the building at all times.

Superintendent Buckey said the plan is modeled after a similar one at Danvers High School.

"In today's world, we have to prepare for the contingency that there could be a critical incident in the school," Buckey said.

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In addition to these new changes, the school system has also created a safety committee consisting of first responders in the town. Buckey said creating this committee is a big step to keeping everyone in the school safe.

"Students can't learn if they don't feel safe," Buckey said. "It was important to me to have that safety committee."

Teachers will also be getting new radios that allow them to communicate with all of the other schools in the town.

WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports.

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