SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Doors will be locked at most Shrewsbury schools during regular hours as a security precaution, in response to the December elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Superintendent Joseph Sawyer and Business Services Director Liam Hurley announced the change in security protocol in a report to school board members on Wednesday.
Sawyer had formed a committee in early January to review security at Shrewsbury schools. The committee recommended that schools serving kindergarten through eighth grade be locked during the day.
The new Sherwood Middle School building is already locked during the day, and the building's entrance is designed so that front office personnel can more easily monitor foot traffic into the building.
Other schools, however, may need to make adjustments in school monitors and hardware, Sawyer said, and the district must find a way to pay for those changes.
Hurley said the schools have increased security since mid-December, including adding monitors who receive visitors.
Shrewsbury High School's front door will remain open, because of the high volume of traffic in and out of the school.
Senior citizen volunteers greet visitors to the high school, but Sawyer said their presence stops at the end of the school day. He has recommended that someone be hired to provide additional supervision.