Police may soon have presence at Palisades
Local police may soon have use of a gym and fitness center at Springfield Elementary School, adding to routine on-site presence of police in the Palisades School District.
Subject to district approval of a memorandum of understanding with appropriate authorities, the district would clean and paint a presently unused space in the school, while the new users would handle any expense for construction and equipment.
“Any time we can have police presence it’s a plus,” said board Vice President and Facilities Management Committee Chair Robert Musantry, after the Oct. 2 public board meeting. He had presented the news during his committee report.
At its public meeting last March 20, the board approved a revised memorandum of understanding with the state police to allow for use of an office space in Palisades High School, so they will not have to return to their Dublin barracks in order to work on reports.
The district will continue to use 911 and calls to Dublin to report situations as needed, with any state officers at the high school taking their direction from their dispatch. The officers have access on regular school days during regular school hours, but have no regular set hours, and need to come to the main office to get the key. There will not be any meetings with the public or receipt of complaints there.
Meanwhile, visitors to the Palisades School District who are 18 years old or older are required to submit a clearance form regarding their arrest and conviction history, in addition to signing in and showing a picture ID, before entering any district school building.
Visitors are defined as persons who have no direct involvement with, or access to, students. They are required to submit clearance under the Arrest/Conviction
Report and Certification Form, under the state Act 24 of 2011 and Act 82 of 2012.
That form is also required for any casual volunteer, which is defined as a person who interacts with students while administrator, teacher or staff member employee is present, as well as for any volunteer, which is defined as a person who interacts with students without a staff member being present. Any volunteer must continue to submit additional forms related to criminal background check and child abuse clearance.
Last June 19, the board approved $17,920 for the creation of a captured vestibule at Palisades Middle School (PALMS), as a continuation of a districtwide security enhancement program
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