Schools implement new safety protocols

More than one school community in our area is wrestling with safety concerns, after witnessing incidents of violence just weeks into the new school year.

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The Glens Falls city school district held a meeting Friday night to discuss new safety measures that will be put into place after starting the school year with two separate gun-scares. The school covered multiple safety measures at the meeting which will go into effect when classes begin on Monday.

Starting Monday students will get there bags checked each day – in addition the school is also considering performing random bag checks and possibly using metal detecting wands.

The principal also mentioned assigning staff members as safety monitors in the hallways. The administration will also be implementing a “see something, say something” tip line.

Students will be able to submit tips via phone, email or a google form if they become aware of any dangerous behaviors their classmates might be involved with.

The school will also host k9 units in the hallways at random from time to time. In addition the school announced that backpacks must be stored in lockers during the school day.

Students will not be allowed to carry bags between classes. Some students are welcoming the new changes.

For the time being the Glens Falls central school district is telling parents and students to expect a heightened police presence.