Mahwah Schools Taking 'Additional Measures to Heighten Safety'
In light of last Friday's school shooting, are you worried about the safety of Mahwah's students?
In light of an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., last Friday that shocked the nation and has many parents concerned about the safety of their own children, Mahwah school district officials say they are adding “heightened security” measures to township public schools.
Officials declined Monday to comment on the specifics of any security plans changed as a result of the shooting, but did post a note to Mahwah parents on the district website:
"Friday our nation suffered an unimaginable loss, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As we mourn for those children and adults, we also reflect on the safety and care of our own precious children in Mahwah. We recognize that the tragic incident in Connecticut has left our parents, students, and staff feeling unsettled about their safety.
Please know that our district continues to work diligently with the Mahwah Police Department to maintain a safe learning environment for our school community. While we practice security drills regularly under the supervision of the police, we are taking additional measures to heighten everyone’s safety in each building.
We understand that family members need to process together their emotions related to this incident. If your child continues to exhibit undue anxiety, please contact your principal or guidance counselor who can assist you in identifying additional resources."
At a prayer vigil held Monday night at the high school, Mayor Bill Laforet echoed the sentiments in the message.
“We have the best trained staff in our schools and police department,” he said. “But we are working with the school district and the police department to examine security measures in our schools.”
The district also recently decided to up security on Mahwah-owned buses by adding surveillance cameras in them. The move was originally intended as a way to curb bus bullying.