Several schools will get safety changes that include cameras and the arrival of security officers, Chappaqua school district Superintendent Lyn McKay announced.
The cameras will be installed outside at schools that lack them and will be added in weeks, McKay announced in Highlights, which is the district's newsletter.
A security company will also be used to bring in security officers, who will be stationed at each school for eight hours daily.
McKay stated: "These individuals will be dressed in an identifiable manner (probably polo shirts that say, “Chappaqua Security.”)"
She added: "Our principals will participate in the interview process to be sure that the officers are a good match for our schools. These officers will focus solely on safety, greeting all visitors, checking identification, and monitoring the external cameras."
"These security modifications will complement the many and significant improvements we have made over the last few years." McKay stated.
Existing security changes listed include lock sets in classrooms, buzzing systems at building entrances, adding "intruder functions" to what are called pushbar doors that are outside, an upgraded phone system and buttons that can be pushed to notify police.
The school district also recently underwent a security audit with the help of Mike Sellet, who is a regional safety coordinator for Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES.