Bristol-Warren School Department Updates Safety Measures

New staff ID cards and background checks for all volunteers are among the new policies for Bristol-Warren schools.


A new set of safety measures have been put into place at schools in the Bristol-Warren Regional District, following the in December.

Supt. Melinda Thies, in a notice posted on the district website before the Christmas holiday break, wrote: "We are keenly aware of the very precious responsibility with which we are entrusted," in describing existing safety protocols and the new measures that have been put into place.

Beginning this month, school staffers will be given ID cards, and each school equipped with card readers, to allow doors to remain locked before and after school while allowing teachers and staffers to enter and exit.

In addition, all volunteers in local schools will be required to submit results of a background check to the school district, Thies wrote.

Thies also explained that the district's Child Opportunity Zone (COZ) staffers will monitor school entrances during drop-off and dismissal times, and use the camera systems at each school to allow pick-up of students.

For students who participate in early morning and afterschool activities, Thies wrote that each elementary school will post a cell phone number for parents to use when dropping off and picking up their kids.

"This may be a temporary inconvenience but it is a necessary protection for your children," Thies wrote. "Working together, we will ensure a community of caring, safety, and rich learning for your children."


[Read the entire notice about school safety measures attached to this article.]


What do you think of the new safety policies at Bristol-Warren schools? Have your say in the comments below.

Dee January 02, 2013 at 05:43 PM
I think the safety measures at the district schools are good, I am unsure of how we will get all volunteers to have a BCI done, perhaps it could work for volunteers that come in regularly, but it is going to make it very difficult to get a parent to chaperone a dance, or run a fundraiser, or book fair. I would hate for volunteers to decrease in the district due to a BCI check needing to be done. ANd in light of other things, perhaps ALL staff including chartwells staff should have yearly BCI checks too. Many parents think this already happens, but surprise! it does not and it MOST Certainly ShOuld!
Captain Banjo January 02, 2013 at 06:43 PM
It's all about liability.
Kelly January 03, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Maybe they should start with the after school programs. Like when the Middle school is outside waiting for the bus and it does not come until an hour late. No-one checked on those kids that were out there waiting for an hour. The principle came out and than went back in to find out where the bus was after she was ready to leave and saw all the kids out there. After she made the call left the building and went into a warm waiting car. leaving the children there to wait alone. I know they are middle school children, but they are STILL someone's Child. How would you have felt if something had happened to these children, no-one came out and check on them when they got out at 3? No-One came out and asked if anyone would like to call home? BCI check should be done on all employee of the School Systems. not just volunteers.
Dee January 03, 2013 at 08:41 PM
I agree whole heartedly, those students should be the responsibility of someone until the busses arrive. Which at sometimes is not unil after 315-330. Too many kids are left outside waiting for the late bus with no supervision.
DownTown January 04, 2013 at 03:06 AM
That teacher who was eventually fired for drinking had several known run ins with the law and they couldn't fire her till they checked her recertification which she lied on. Maybe the teachers should have a BCI check first. Try and get that into a Union contract.
Joe Bremen January 04, 2013 at 05:08 AM
Don't forget downtown, wasn't it like over 7 years trying to dump that teacher if I remember right.
Joe Bremen January 04, 2013 at 05:17 AM
Have to agree on the volunteers, it does not say who pays for the back-round checks and they are not free I don’t believe. There has to be a way to make it simple yet still have a degree of safety for the children. On another note how sad we have come to this. The taking of freedom for security always ends badly, but as long as these actions are not abused hopefully they will be somewhat helpful and not just a feel good knee jerk reaction. It would be shame if this prevents parental and volunteer involvement, so many good and well-meaning people could be lost in all this for the sake of false security also. Just my thought on it though ;-}
John Tattrie January 24, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Can't wait to see all the parents with multiple dui's screaming after, because now suddenly they have to be discovered by the outside world. Should prove to be very interesting. Now the finger pointing starts, stay tuned, this is gonna turn into a mess long before any actual student safety issues are really rectified. Even better what is going to happen to the parents, that have had what is uncommonly know as a domestic dispute. And there are many, those folks are gonna be in for a big surprise also. Sometimes, less is more....I think there is going to be a lot of disappointed parents in the very near future, yes good people make mistakes every now & then, problem is in this day and age those mistakes follow you forever. People whom everyone never thought had any issues will now become under the micro-scope. Remember BCI checks go back to your 18th birthday. Lots of skeletons are gonna come tumbling out for a great many people....sad but true.
Dee January 24, 2013 at 08:52 PM
how about all of the teachers with possession charges, domestic dispute, Dui's,..... I think parents are supervised while they are in the building volunteering for the most part, it's the staff that are spending time alone with our kids....


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