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Security screening detectors improve school safety

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Security screeners at DAHS

Representatives from the City of DuBois and the DuBois Area School District gathered Monday at the DuBois Area High School to discuss the procedure employed by the school for passing students through security screen detectors before the start of classes. Pictured back, from left, are DASD Assistant to the Superintendent Roger Collins, DASD Director Patty Fish, DASD Superintendent J. Mark Heckman, City of DuBois Manager John ‘Herm’ Suplizio, DuBois Police Chief Ron LaRotonda and School Police Officer Janice Bart. Checking a backpack in the foreground is Scott Creighton, a teacher at the high school. (Photo by Paul A. Wilson)

DuBOIS — Since last October, DuBois Area High School students have been walking through security screening detectors the district purchased through the Safe Schools Initiatives Program and school officials believe it has been a positive step in making the school safer.

“Each day when arriving at DuBois Area High School, over 1,000 high school students are directed through five different safety screeners which are manned by staff and school police officers,” said Janice Bart, officer in charge of the DuBois Area School Police. “This process takes less than a half hour for students to pass through, allowing them to properly proceed to their first period class without interruption of the educational process.

“The goal of the safety screeners is to rule out any possible weapons including guns, knives, sharp instruments or other weapons,” Bart said. “The purpose is to keep students, staff and visitors safe while on school property.”

Bart said, “I can think of no more important accomplishment than the successful use of Safe Schools’ grant money for the extended safety measures considering the age of the high school building. The safety screeners, combined with the investment of time, a properly laid out plan, laboring minds at work, along with old-fashioned hard work, have all been implemented resulting in the safety and security of our students, teachers, principals and other public school employees.”

Read today's Courier-Express for more details.

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