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Ensuring Safety in Wicomico County Public Schools

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SALISBURY, Md. - While many parents both nationwide and here on Delmarva are calling for increased security in schools, Wicomico County Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Fredericksen wants to ensure parents that their children are safe.

Between the security cameras, buzz-in system and check-in procedures, Fredericksen believes those safety measures keep the county's public schools safe.

"Schools are the safest place that kids can be in terms of just where to be in the day, learning things and doing things," he said. "Because not only is it a safe place physically, but it is also keeping the kids occupied mentally so they're engaged in positive and productive types of things."

And those measures are enough for some parents who are comfortable when they drop their kids off in the morning.

"If there's anybody that comes in, the doors are locked, you have to go through to the office to enter the school.  So I would agree with that that it is safe here," said local parent, Michael Donohue.

Others believe more needs to be done in Wicomico County.  Numerous parents reached out to WBOC on the phone, by email, and on Facebook.  While they were unavailable for formal interviews, they were firm in their beliefs that there were unsecured district schools. Many said doors were unlocked in some schools and anyone could walk right inside.

While the superintendent would not go into details, he did add that the Board of Education is reviewing safety procedures and there could be safety changes made in Wicomico County schools in the future.

 

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