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This year at Highlands High school, new precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of students. Mrs. Armstrong’s third period probability and statistics class conducted a school wide survey on the subject of building security. The findings of the study show that the overall safety rating of the school is a 7.30 (on a 1-10 scale) from a student’s perspective. 10th grade males were found to feel feel the most safe while 11th grade males were found to feel the least safe.

The school has appointed Mr. Hassler as Dean of Students. The Dean of Students is responsible for safety and disciplinary actions. Another official added to the security staff this year was an official Highlands District police officer, Richard Prichard. He has jurisdiction on all district grounds. Officer Prichard is an experienced officer with background in school authority. The school board has approved the purchase of an official district police car. The officer will use it to address emergencies at each of the district’s buildings during the school day. The Dean of Students and District Officer have been working together on a series of hall sweeps throughout the day to ensure students are attending their classes.

Another notable precaution is the new procedure at the metal detectors. Now a student must put their bag through the metal detectors, along with walking trough to enter the school. This is to ensure no weapons of any kind are being let on the school grounds. However, the probability and statistics class survey shows that the majority of students do not feel safer with the new metal detector decision.

Changes to old standing policies have also been put in place this year to ensure the safety of the students.  When asked to comment on the matter of new security procedures, Ms. Price said, “We are trying to find a balance between a welcoming and a safe learning environment.” It is a good thing to see the district administration taking action to ensure the students’ well being.

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