Open Letter to Dr. Jackson
Dear Dr. Jackson,
We have three children at Placentino Elementary. Everyone I know says great things about the administration and the teachers at our extraordinary school. They have created a loving learning environment which make our children and other students anxious to be there every single day.
I heard exactly the same comments about Sandy Hook Elementary this weekend when I spoke with residents of now shattered Newtown, Connecticut. It was one of the most difficult assignments of my long career at WCVB TV.
Each time I visit Placentino I am concerned about the open access to the building which bascially allows anyone to walk in at any time. Most schools I visit in other communities keep doors locked and require the " buzzing in " of any visitors.
I know many educators favor open doors which provide a sense of freedom, but I believe today's changing world requires a change in security policies.
This does not mean an armed camp or metal detectors which many Boston schools now use. Instead we should do what every police department in America advises its citizens to do at home...that is LOCK THE DOORS. Obviously, this isn't the answer to all issues, but it could provide some precious time during a crisis.
It seems strange to me that access to virtually every other public and many private buildings is restricted or monitored, but our schools are left unprotected.
I hope you and others involved in the Holliston School system will consider enhancing security at all our schools.
In Newtown Sunday night, the President asked if we are doing all we can to protect our children, then conceded we are not. As a Holliston parent I have to agree. We also could be doing more.
Thanks for the time and please let me know if meetings are planned to discuss this important issue.
Jack and Leslie Harper