DSBN prioritizes security: Pilot project locks down GFESS, other high schools

Greater Fort Erie Secondary School is changing things up as part of a pilot project aimed to prioritize the safety of both staff and students.

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Effective yesterday, school doors will be locked from 8:20 a.m. until the end of the day, aside from a brief moment at lunchtime.

During lunch, the doors will be unlocked for 10 minutes before being re-locked until 2:10 p.m., at which time doors at both ends of the atrium will be unlocked.

A buzzer will be installed at the main entrance on Garrison Road. If a student, parent or guardian needs to enter the school when the doors are locked, they will need to buzz.

This same pilot project is also happening at St. Catharines Collegiate and Port Colborne High School.

Currently, all District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) elementary schools have their doors locked all day. This project is the first step towards expanding that policy to secondary schools.

The move “prioritizes safe learning spaces for all staff and students,” according to DSBN.

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