Happy New Year to everyone! Hopefully this letter finds you safe and healthy trying to
survive an old fashioned Minnesota winter. I am writing this letter to inform everyone in
the school district about a change that will be occurring at school in the very near future.
It seems that on a regular basis we are reading or hearing about violence in our schools.
All too often our students are being put at risk by individuals coming into our buildings
unchecked. In a proactive attempt to insure that this does not occur at Truman Public
Schools we are in the process of installing a new exterior door security system. This will
mean a few changes for the staff, students, parents and community members who visit.
Basically what will happen is that every exterior door in both the elementary and high
school will be electronically locked at 8:20 a.m. every morning. Staff members will have
an ID card that will allow them access to the building at any time. When visitors want to
enter the building after 8:20 a.m., they will have to use the intercom and video camera
system. The process of entering the school will consist of pushing the button on the
intercom system. The camera will then turn on, and the image of who is requesting to
enter will come up on a computer screen in either the elementary or high school office. A
brief conversation as to who is requesting to enter will then occur, and in the vast
majority of cases, that person will be buzzed in. The next step will be for whoever was
buzzed in to stop in the appropriate office and sign-in.
There may be the feeling that the school is trying to keep community members and
parents out of the school. What we are really trying to do is keep our students, your sons
and daughters, safe and secure. The thought that the horrific tragedies that have occurred
all over the country in numerous schools could never happen in the small town of
Truman is unrealistic and irresponsible. School is supposed to be a place where students
can go and feel safe. This security improvement is another step we are taking to improve
the odds that such a tragedy will not happen in our school.
Another question that I am sure is being asked is how can a school in SOD (Statutory
Operating Debt) afford to install such a system? The simple answer is that there is
money provided by the government specifically for items such as this security system.
This money is designated as “Safe School funds and can not be used for any other reason
than to make schools physically safer for students.
As with any new system there will be a certain level of frustration for everyone, including
everybody at the school. Please be patient as we work through the inevitable “bugs and ”
setbacks. Finally, please keep in mind that the few moments of inconvenience you may
endure really means that your child is that much safer while he or she is at school.
If anyone has questions, concerns, or comments about this new system and the rationale
behind it, I am more than willing to have a conversation with you. You can contact me at
school anytime at 776-2111.
Thank you for patience and understanding.
Truman Public Schools