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Cuyahoga Falls City Schools Increase Security, Tighten Safety Measures

Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols said the district is collaborating with the Cuyahoga Falls Police and Fire Departments to prevent and react to emergency situations.

The Cuyahoga Falls City Schools are working closely with the Falls police and fire departments to ramp up security in the district, reports the Falls News Press. 

For starters, parents and students will see more police officers patrolling schools and "hosts" that will monitor hallway activity. In addition, access to schools will be more restricted while class is in session, said Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols in an AlertNow phone message to parents on Sunday.

"...Our external efforts are aimed at providing a sense of calm and a sense of partnership with our community,” said Nichols. 

Internally, the district has installed additional monitoring devices and trained staff on the prevention of and reaction to emergency situations. The district will also start identifying at-risk individuals who may pose a violent threat. 

The new safety measures were put in place following discussions that were held over the winter break between school administrators and local safety forces.

Plans to discuss security and safety in the district were set last month in the wake of the

If parents, students or local residents have concerns about school security or safety, Nichols encourages residents to call the district’s help line at 1-866-427-9258.

Regina January 08, 2013 at 12:14 PM
I agree with Earl, but not Kay. Armed teachers is NOT the answer!
Mike Penta January 08, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Look out Goth kids, especially if your parents own a gun. Your name might end up on a "list". If you come to school down in the dumps, you might get reported and end up on a "list". If you have an IEP or 504, you might end up on a "list." There are all kinds of stereotypes out there that are going to get you put on "the list." The U.S. Department of Education has repeatedly warned schools that profiling not only incorrectly labels a great majority of individuals, but also fails to identify individuals that actually do pose a risk.
Cuyahoga Falls Mom January 08, 2013 at 06:31 PM
arm the teachers? how many teachers do you think want to be armed??? they are teachers, not gun professionals.
Mike Penta January 08, 2013 at 06:44 PM
The 2010 Panama City incident would be reason enough for school boards, superintendents, and principals to hesitate arming teachers.
Earl Elevant January 08, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Heh. What's a "gun professional?" Afraid they're going to leave the teaching profession and join Annie Oakley's Wild West Traveling Circus? The answer is to allow them to be armed if they want to.

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