Northwestern school safety meeting

Northwestern School District holds safety and protocol meeting

Parents, the Clark County Sheriff's Office, German Township Police, and school leaders gathered in the elementary schools cafeteria to discuss the districts protocol. 

Many school districts have held this type of meeting, especially after the Parkland shooting in Florida, for parents to know the protocols and what the districts are doing to improve security. 

"There's just more and more violence happening in schools," said Denise Hermetz, a teacher of more than a decade at Northwestern. "For me it's not about me. No matter how many kids I have in my classroom I need to do my best to keep them safe." 

"As a school district we're always looking to improve our safety protocols but there's never a point where oh we finally got it we're as safe as we can possibly be we're always looking at improvements," states Jesse Steiner, Northwestern Superintendent. "Parents have turned to social media to ask about safety, especially after the district found a student brought a gun on campus in January." 

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All visitors must buzz themselves into the office and get their ID's scanned - if you're walking through the building without a visitor badge, somebody's going to question who you are. 

Since the district doesn't have a school resource officer, they are asking voters to pass a levy to pay for one. 

Teachers want parents to know they are looking out for their kids. 

"I don't know how we put their minds at ease other than to say just know that your kids come first to me I'm going to do whatever I have to do to keep them safe," continued Hermetz. 

The district is also looking into buying hand held metal detectors for students going into school. 

To help with safety, German Township Police Officers are on campus all day - when students arrive until when they leave.

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