Policy regarding locked doors after school has little effect due to inconsistency

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Dear Harbinger Editors,

This school year, there have been signs posted at every door prohibiting kids from letting other people into the school if they are waiting outside an entrance.  Now, I understand that during the day the school doesn’t want just anyone being let into the building to protect the school from possible intruders, but there are many flaws in this idea.

One of the issues is that kids are being locked out after school when they are trying to get back inside the school for their activities. If someone spots a known student why shouldn’t they be allowed to let them in?  Students should be able to let other students into the building, since there is nothing in place to make sure that the right people are allowed in. Due to the doors being locked having affected nighttime activities, the school has begun opening the doors during these events, defeating the whole purpose of locking the doors to keep unwanted people out.

The main problem is that the locking of the doors is inconsistent, and as of right now, it does not efficiently help protect us. In other schools like Southbridge, they pay school employees to stay later in the office to let people into the building.  Another option is giving students key cards or a way to punch in their ID number to get into the building during specified hours. By doing something similar, people can easily get into the school, while the administration can keep records of who is coming in and out.  


Gabriella Alberghini

Class of 2019