Superintendent announces changes in wake of bomb threats

In the wake of the numerous bomb scares in Bristol schools over the past two weeks, the superintendent of schools announced to parents some changes being implemented in the city schools:

“Dear BPS Parent/Guardian,

“With the start of a new week, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight several safety interventions that are already implemented in our schools:

“- Increased Police surveillance

“- Camera surveillance and locked entrances at all schools

“- Video camera surveillance in several interior and exterior school locations

“- Evacuation and Lock Down procedures at all schools

“- District Safety Director, School Resource Officers and school support services located in schools across the district

“- Assemblies and grade level meetings to discuss school safety and security

“- Mandatory sign in and sign out procedures for students

“- Staff identification badges and mandatory student passes in all schools

“The Bristol Public Schools continue to work very closely with the Mayor, Bristol city officials and the Bristol Police Department to help to insure a safe and secure transition to the summer recess for students and their families. All school personnel remain on a heightened state of vigilance during these final days of school. Parents are asked to be sure to talk with their children about the importance of helping to maintain a safe and secure school environment. Parents and students across the district are asked to report anything unusual to the Bristol Police Department.

“Please contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have at: 860.584.7000.

“Thank you.

“Ellen Solek, Superintendent”