MANASQUAN — Manasquan School District Superintendent Frank Kasyan sought to reassure the community regarding school security measures this week, in an email sent home to parents and also at the very start of the school board meeting on Tuesday.
He later explained that his message was prompted by recent phone calls from parents asking about security protocols.
“I’d like to focus on our schools’ safety and security,” Mr. Kasyan told the audience at the meeting held in the Manasquan High School media center, many there to attend various end-of-year academic and athletic honors for their children.
“Recently, I have fielded some questions focused on our routine safety protocols. There is a state statute 18A that regulates what the administration has to follow, and it basically says ‘in loco parentis,’ where we – the staff, administration – as soon as your children leave home and get to school, we act as the parents of those students. We take them in and they are your most precious gift to us. We are going to keep them safe and secure.
“We take safety and security here very seriously. We have … routine training with our staff. We also have security guards that actually have weapons they carry but you can’t see them, because I don’t want the students to see those weapons. They have tuck-in holsters because they tuck in their pants and pull their shirts over them, or they wear it on their ankles.”
“My point is we have extensive security protocols, from the [entrance] vestibules that we put in five years ago, to checking all the doors to making sure they lock from the inside, to talking to our students and teachers.
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