Crete-Monee Board of Ed Considers Safety Plan for Upcoming School Year

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At its June 14 and June 21 meetings, the Crete-Monee Board of Education was presented with a proposed safety plan for the district’s high school and middle school buildings for the 2022-‘23 school year.

Key components of the safety plan include a focus on developing relationships with students, partnering with law enforcement, and sharing information with other area districts. The district also will emphasize better communication with families by sending out safety alerts in a more timely manner.

School and district administrators plan to maintain a strong presence through increased visibility in their respective buildings. They will continue conducting random locker searches and monitoring students’ social media activity for any possible threats to school or student safety. The board approved using available grant funds to provide clear backpacks to all students in grades two through 12 this fall.

Additionally, on June 14, the board discussed the prospect of installing metal detectors in each school, beginning with the high school, as an added safety precaution. The board directed the superintendent to survey students, staff, and community members on their opinions of adding metal detectors to schools, with surveys open through July 7. Results will be shared with the board at the July 12 meeting.

On June 14, after a board member’s request for data on the metal detectors’ effectiveness in schools, articles and information were shared at the June 21 meeting. The information presented benefits and drawbacks of metal detectors, along with other information to consider before the board makes a decision.

District administration received a quote of $82,797.75 for 18 metal detectors at the high school and middle school. This quote covers overhead walkthrough scanners, battery packs, castors, and wands, with a three-year warranty. Board members discussed the potential need for all district schools to implement metal detectors to best protect student safety.

As the 2022-’23 school year approaches, the board and district will continue working together to strengthen safety practices within Crete-Monee School District 201-U. District and school leaders will keep parents, students, staff, and community members informed as updates take place.


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