Northview High Makes Security Changes, New Drop-off Rules

February 20, 2018

Changes are in place effective today at Northview High School, with one set of entrance doors now locked during school hours for better security.

“While we at Northview have as a top priority to make sure each of our students and staff have a safe and secure place to learn and to work each day, we realize that there are other measures that we can take to enhance our school safety even more,” Northview Principal Gayle Weaver said in a phone message.

To “assure more control over unauthorized entry into Northview”, the east entrance door (to the faculty parking lot) will be secured at the first bell each day (8:45 a.m.).

Students that drive to school and arriving after the tardy bell should enter the building via the “commons” sidewalk between the classroom wings, as has been current practice. Parents that drop tardy students off, or are checking in a student late, should drop those students off at the bus loop  (southern) entrance doors.

Any visitor to Northview should now enter through the bus loop entrance doors, including parents, visitors and deliveries.

“The restriction of the flow of people arriving on our campus and entering our building should help parents to feel confident about our commitment to their student’s safety,” Weaver said.

The security changes will not close either gate entrance (bus look or main parking lot) off  Highway 4.

“We are also evaluating all of our other safety and security measures,” the principal added.


5 Responses to “Northview High Makes Security Changes, New Drop-off Rules”

  1. Dee on February 21st, 2018 5:00 am

    I saw something on FB. You know those rubber door stops used to keep a door open. Have one in every class room. In case the need arises you place under the door to keep the person out of the classrooms.

    During the riots at Escambia High School during the 70’s one of my friends taught there. The teachers would unlock their doors then immediately relock the doors. They never knew when a riot would hit. In between classse, the teachers would stand at their classroom door. After the tardy bell rang the doors were shut and locked.

    The main thing if a student or anyone sees or hears something they should report to a teacher. If on a bus, most students today have cellphones, call 911. Better safe than sorry.

    Just my thoughts this morning.

  2. Anne on February 20th, 2018 5:57 pm

    Gov. Scott, you cut taxes which could have helped to fund School Safety.

    Florida Legislature you are busy diverting PUBLIC School funding to your favorite Private and Charter Schools which suck the monies away from our kids that could be used for increased Safety and many other needed things..

    SHAME on our high level leaders for their communal disrespect for Public Education and for us who believed in them and put them into office.

  3. Sage2 on February 20th, 2018 12:07 pm

    ALL schools should assess their facilities as to possible weak areas for illegal entry.

    Doors are not the only entry points. Focus on areas also such as portable or stand-alone buildings. Pay special attention to the physical education/sports areas as well as the cafeteria portion of the facility.

    Entry doors may be locked related to outside entry but NO door can be locked or chained to prevent exiting the facility(panic bars)from the inside.

    Encourage students, faculty and all school employees to report ANY reasonable assumption for alarm.

    Acts of committed violence are not limited to firearms. A weapon is just that…to maim or injure. Remember ABC! Always Be Cautious!

  4. Suggester on February 20th, 2018 9:15 am

    What about a security fence surrounding the campus? And a main gate for cars and pedestrians that are screened by a guard? Students vehicles must have a current parking sticker and visitors are logged and photographed by security cameras. Stops those intent on evil far from the buildings and gives time for lock down, if needed. Confrontation occurs at entrance by a trained resource officer with his weapon. Just a suggestion for controlled access to campus. What you think Mr. Malcolm Thomas?

  5. Jan on February 20th, 2018 7:30 am

    Good idea.

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