POQUOSON, Va. (WAVY) – In today’s School Safety Spotlight, we focus on keeping those with bad intentions out of schools. Poquoson City Public Schools is about to complete a project that promises to help do just that.
“It’s the key, the minutes or even the seconds,” Poquoson Schools Superintendent Arty Tillett said.
In many cases, law enforcement needs time to get to a school to prevent potential tragedy.
“We’re very focused on high levels of learning, but none of that matters if our kids aren’t safe,” Tillett said.
Tillett said that over the past four years the school system has worked with Mid Atlantic Technology Services to Newport News to install ballistic film on the windows and doors of the four school campuses. A video demonstration, provided by Mid-Atlantic Technology Services, shows that the film does not stop a bullet, but does prevent someone from easily entering through the glass, even after a bullet has passed.
“We did it in a phased approach. The first part was to cover all our entrances, all the windows of an entrance. So that’s been done, and now we’re looking at any exposed glass outside,” Tillett said.
Tillett said ballistic film, combined with the school’s security system, including cameras and armed school resource officers, is just another layer of the multi-layered protection that Poquoson schools have in place. for staff and students.
“The goal is to keep our children safe. It’s our number one priority,” Tillett said.
Tillett said this project should be completed before the middle of the school year.
The Perquimans County School District also added anti-intrusion security film to the windows of all school entrances.