Increased Security at Bronxville Schools

The Bronxville school district has placed guards, from a security company, in its school during the morning and afternoon.




The Bronxville School District now has security guards in place while children are at school during the day. The guards are from the security company Securitas. Usually the Securitas guards are at the school in the evening, beginning at 4 p.m. and on the weekends. But in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, there are now two guards at the Bronxville schools during the morning and the afternoon. The increase in security guards from Securitas began yesterday.

"The risk to Bronxville has not necessarily increased, but the concern in some people has risen. So we're trying to make sure that our students and their parents feel that the school is safe and that we're paying attention to these issues," said Bronxville Superintendent David Quattrone.

In addition to the increased security patrol, Bronxville Police have also increased their presence around the schools.

"We've been talking everyday with the police chief and asked them the play a low-key role in increasing their presence, in the school especially," said Quattrone. "Last Friday there were some police cars parked in front of the school and the side of the school. Monday morning, the police chief was over here, standing near the elementary entrance, greeting people—trying to make people feel more comfortable."

Superintendent Quatrrone says he sent a note home to parents telling them that the police are not there because there is any specific problem. Instead, they are there as a precaution, in addition to being there for reassurance.

Bronxville school officials say that the increased police and security presence will remain through the rest of the week.

Jackie brusco December 19, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Thank you, Dr. Quatrrone. Many of us were very happy to see the (very big!) security guard at the Elementary School Midland entrance. This is a step in the right direction and we hope to see more armed security to protect our children.
Rob Randolph December 19, 2012 at 03:44 PM
thats a pretty big school for two guards
thomas berry December 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM
During the school day, our school campus should only be used by our children, the students. Yet everyday, I see non-students using the track during school hours. There is a sign that indicates the track is closed to the public during school hours that is neither heeded nor enforced. I would like the Bronxville School Safety Committee and Dr Quattrone to address how to adequately secure the outside campus, particularly the track and fields where the students play.


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