Hawthorn schools have enhanced their security this year by instituting several measures.
Forefront is a new security system this year whereby front office staff will scan a visitor’s driver’s license through a criminal database, said Brad Goldstein, associate superintendent of finance & business operations. Once cleared, visitors will receive a label with their name printed on it, he said. Another security measure in the District 73 schools is that front office staff will buzz visitors into the school offices and then visitors are subsequently directed to the location in the building where they are headed. Cameras are strategically placed throughout the schools and parking lots as another monitoring measure, Mr. Goldstein said. In addition, every classroom is being stocked with a crisis kit in the event of an emergency that supplies teachers with needed materials should there be a school lockdown or other such emergency.