Buffalo High School has recently implemented a front and rear entry monitor system into the school. This system locks all doors during the school day, allowing more control of who enters the building. In order to enter the school between 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., visitors must press a buzzer that links to the front desk. A greeter at the front desk asks a few questions of each guest then buzzes them in.
Assistant Principal Nick Guida has been one of the most involved administrators in implementing this system.
“One of the greatest responsibilities we have in education is to provide a safe learning environment for kids,” Guida said. “Here at Buffalo High School, I know how important it is for us to provide a safe environment, but also a culture that we try to hold onto for learning.”
Buffalo High School has wanted to have an open feel for a long time.
“The people that are coming to our school are either resources for our kids, parents, or are coming to be a part of of our school,” Guida said. “We want people to feel like they belong here, but we also want to make sure that people are here for the reasons that they need to be here for.”
Schools across the world have had to evolve to keep up. The vast majority of high schools in the state have systems like this in place. BHS worked with the Department of Homeland Security to examine at their facilities and make sure that they are taking every precaution to secure them. So far, there has been more positive feedback about this system than negative. Adults seem to appreciate this system, and so far students are learning to adapt to the new routine.
“If you don’t feel safe, you’re constantly thinking about things that are out of your control,” Guida said. “Learning and trying to be present in your classrooms is a challenge. We want to allow our kids to be in school, feel safe, feel that they’re in a place where they want to be and want to learn.”