Beginning on May 14, 2018, controlled entrances to all USD 231 school buildings were implemented. All visitors and parents must now alert office staff of their arrival and identify themselves prior to entering the building. School doors will be unlocked as students arrive to school. After school begins, access to the building will be controlled by an external buzzer that rings into the main office. A video monitor will be used to identify the visitor and view the visitor’s photo identification. Submitted Photo


Beginning on May 14, 2018, controlled entrances to all USD 231 school buildings were implemented. All visitors and parents must now alert office staff of their arrival and identify themselves prior to entering the building.
“Safety and security for students and staff is top priority at USD 231,” said Pam Stranathan, superintendent of schools. “The cost of this new feature is minimal in comparison to the added security it provides our District. When students and staff feel safe and secure, optimal learning takes place. This is truly a step in the right direction to ensure our buildings are as secure as possible.”
School doors will be unlocked as students arrive to school. After school begins, access to the building will be controlled by an external buzzer that rings into the main office. A video monitor will be used to identify the visitor and view the visitor’s photo identification. Once given permission to enter, the door will be unlocked, and the visitor may enter the building.  As always, all visitors must sign in at the main office and obtain a visitors’ badge.
District officials say that although this may be an inconvenience to some visitors; the district’s responsibility to keep every student and staff member safe in the buildings is top priority.
“We also believe our commitment to safety and security are integral in providing the most optimal learning experiences,” officials say. “As always, our buildings welcome parents and visitors at any time.”
The schools have extensive safety policies which the district reviews regularly. Every staff member is trained in safety procedures and expectations, and students participate in safety drills at each school throughout the year.