New safety precautions to take effect soon at Delaware school

An increase in police presence and new safety measures will be implemented at a Delaware middle school after the school was threatened earlier this month.

The new safety precautions come as Delaware State Police are investigating threats to the safety of students and staff at George Reed Middle School. The type of threat is still unknown at this time. However, safety changes are set to take effect on Wednesday, October16th.  The new security measures cover everything from random locker searches to clothing restrictions.

Officials say although backpacks, purses, and athletic equipment will be permitted in the school, students will not be allowed to carry such items throughout the building.  Students will only be permitted to go to their lockers at designated times and will be encouraged to use locks to prevent lost items or theft.

Students will no longer be allowed to wear jackets, hoodies or coats to class, and must leave these clothing items in their lockers.  Administrators will be searching those lockers at random, unannounced times throughout the day.  District officials say this policy is permitted under the Colonial Student Code of Conduct.

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Parents are encouraged to attend a 7:00 p.m public meeting at the middle school on Monday, October 14th to learn more about the changes.  Colonial Administrators and a State Police School Resource Officer will be on site to address any questions or concerns.

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