In schools, like baseball, it’s best to be safe.
This fall sees local school administrators — spurred by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., last December and an alleged case of stalking in State College this year — taking extra measures to protect students and staff.
In the Bellefonte Area School District, visitors at all school buildings now will pass first through a buzzer entrance to a vestibule-type window. There, school secretaries will slide driver’s licenses through scanners that check identities against the state Megan’s Law database for registered sex offenders.
If visitors pass muster, secretaries will open a second buzzer door to the main building. The district expects Bellefonte and Pleasant Gap elementary schools, the last two schools retrofitted, to be ready by the first day of school on Tuesday.