Members of the Board of Education, General Counsel and Administration of the Lakewood School District today offered their sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
“Unfortunately, it is a stark reminder of the ever changing world in which we live,” the District said.
The Nonpublic Schools in Lakewood utilize the funding provided by the New Jersey Nonpublic Security Program, which is authorized by the Secure Schools for All Children Act (P.L. 2016, c.49) and signed into law on September 6, 2016.
All Nonpublic Schools are encouraged to place their Security orders with the district as soon as possible.
Allowable Security Expenses include:
- Security Guards
Hardening School Perimeter and Building Entryways:
1. Installation or repair of security fencing on school grounds;
2. Main entrance, exterior door markings, school and way-finding signage;
3. Lighting in and around the building and parking lots;
4. Portable gates that ensure access points between school and joint-use facilities;
5. Construction/equipment to separate bus drop-off/pick-up areas from other vehicular drop-off/pick-up areas;
6. Construction/equipment to separate pedestrian routes from vehicular routes;
7. Stop signs and other traffic calming devices to keep vehicles at a reasonable speed;
8. Bollards for placement along the roadway or curb line in front of the school;
9. Installation of, or improvements to, exterior doors and windows, frames, and/or hardware;
10. Construction of, and/or improvements to, security vestibules2;
11. Ballistic or shatter resistant film for glass doors, windows and other vulnerable areas (e.g., first floor classroom windows, door windows, sidelights, etc.);
12. Exterior windows that can be locked/secured; and
13. Fire-rated blinds, shades or similar devices for doors and windows that can be used during lockdowns.
1. Installation of, or improvements to, mechanisms that are designed to prevent entry into the classroom;
2. Adequate lighting in hallways, stairwells, classrooms, etc.;
3. Dedicated servers and/or generators supporting security and/or communication systems;
4. Secure enclosures for utilities;
5. Shut-off switch of the school’s ventilation system and fire alarm system, and the routing of additional shut-off switches to the principal’s office or safe room.
Screening, Surveillance and Alarm Systems
1. ID cards and related systems for students, faculty, staff, and/or visitors
2. Security services: Alarm services, video security surveillance systems, and security guards
3. Access control systems that allow remote locking and unlocking of doors
4. Intercom and fixed cameras for the school’s main entrance and other entrances
5. Parking decals or tag system for all staff and students who park
Metal/fire/explosives detectors Emergency Communications
1. Emergency communications equipment, including portable radios, alternative; emergency school alert systems (strobe lighting, audible horns, etc.), and emergency notification to parents; 2. Repeaters or other equipment to ensure RF (radio frequency) communication is possible throughout the school;
3. Direct communication with emergency responders (e.g., law enforcement, fire, utilities);
4. Back-up communication in case of power outage.
- Activities that promote a positive school climate and foster open communication among staff and students, such as: • Peer mediation/conflict resolution training; • Substance abuse prevention training; • Sexual harassment training; • Suicide prevention training; • Response to student violence; • Harassment, intimidation and bullying training; • Cyber safety; • Gang awareness and education.
Response and Recovery
1. Emergency kit and supplies;
2. Evacuation devices/equipment for disabled students/employees; and
3. Emergency vehicle.
Cyber Security Evaluation, Training and Upgrading
1. Securing personal information
The District must:
- Create and prepare purchase orders in accordance with district procurement procedures and Public School Contracts law
- The District arranges delivery
- Services, technology and equipment must be used for secular, neutral, non-religious and non-ideological purposes
- Only the school district can dispose of technology and equipment purchased for this program, in accordance with the provisions of the Public School Contracts Law
- Nonpublic School Security Aid Program funding can be used for the disposal of technology and equipment
If any Nonpublic School would like training or technical assistance on:
- School Safety and Security Plan Assistance
- Drill Observations
- In-service or Professional Development
- PTA Meetings
- Site Visits from the New Jersey Department of Education Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning
You can call (609) 588-2323 or go to http://www.state.nj.us/education/schools/security/ [email protected]
Members of the Board of Education are staunch supporters of increasing the Security allocation, as it is currently dependent on the Appropriations Act. The current allocation, of $75.00 a student, does not cover the high cost of Security technology and Security Guards, which continues to improve with the ever evolving world of technology.
If you have any questions or need assistance placing your Nonpublic Security Program order, you can call or email, Jim Trischitta, Supervisor of Nonpublic Security Programs and Technology at:
[email protected] or (732) 364-2400 extension 7046.