Safety measures inside and out greet students on first day of school

From door buzzers to increased police patrols, students headed back to school Monday to find an enhanced focus on their physical and mental well-being.

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Adam Owens
, WRAL reporter
WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — Monday marked a fresh, new start at South Garner High School, and Principal Roderick Brewington liked what he saw.

"It is very spacious, designed for collaboration," he said. "We have a lot space where our kids can work together."

The school has all the upgrades, especially when it comes to security – a buzzer at every entrance and cameras looking down on visitors.

Those safety measures are in place at every school across the Wake County Public School System. It is a standard that Wake County Superintendent Cathy Moore would like to continue as the county expands.

Those costs, Moore says, are among the needs she hopes voters will support in a bond measure on the November ballot.

"That will help us prepare more for that growth – new schools, additional renovations, enhanced security and new technology for our teachers and students. It is an important year," she said.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson says he wants to do more to address student mental health as well.

"That can create a school tragedy out of one student's issues," he said. "We need to stop that before it ever gets close to that."

In Wake County this school year, leaders are investing more in social-emotional learning.

Police: Drivers must safely share the road with school buses

Outside, Cary police on Monday were patrolling for drivers exceeding the speed limit in the school zone. They have increased patrols at the start and end of the school day.

"Kids are back out there, and we just want to make sure they realize they need to slow it down out there," said Lt. Tom Stewart.

Stewart offered these two reminders for how to safety share the road with school buses:

Drivers should always:

  • stop when behind a bus with its crossing arm extended.
  • stop when facing the bus if on a two-lane street, two-lane street with center lane, or four-lane street without a median separation.


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