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Ritenour Maintains High Standard of Safety and Security with Updated Surveillance in All Schools

Security camera feed at Iveland Elementary To maintain a high level of safety and security, the Ritenour School District will be upgrading the surveillance at each school this semester by purchasing 90 new cameras to ensure consistent coverage throughout the district. In addition to new cameras, Ritenour is also upgrading its surveillance software and adding new servers at eight schools to allow a minimum of 30 days of video storage.

By the end of this year, all schools will be equipped with new surveillance equipment, including video coverage of parking lots, interior and exterior entrances, and key points throughout each building. Wireless USA, which services several St. Louis area school districts, will install the security upgrades.

Ritenour teachers and staff strive to ensure that students feel safe every day when they are in school. Ritenour schools have policies, procedures and technology in place that create a safe learning environment for everyone. Schools participate in a number of drills every year, including regular fire drills, severe weather drills and intruder drills.

Also starting this year, to further ensure the safety of Ritenour students and the community, football fans may not bring bags to games at Moore Field. Purses and diaper bags are allowed and are subject to search at the entrance.

"The safety and security of students and staff is our top priority,” said Michael Smith, director of operations. “I am proud of Ritenour's strong relationship with municipal police and fire protection, and of the dedication of our faculty to keep our children safe."

Some of the ways the Ritenour School District keeps safety a high priority for students and staff include:

• A comprehensive safety assessment recently was conducted by the Missouri Center for Education Safety. Results of the audit concluded that Ritenour’s policies and procedures are “stellar in the amount of thought and forward thinking consideration.”

• Students and staff participate in 4E (Educate, Evade, Escape, Engage) Intruder Training once a year.

• Each school has a video intercom system at the main entrance where visitors must buzz in and identify themselves before the door is unlocked.

• Intruder alarms and video surveillance are installed in every building.

• Ongoing training with district staff prepares them for multiple hazards, including fires, severe weather, intruders and other emergencies.

• The district meets at least twice a year with local law enforcement agencies to keep current on best practices for safety and security.

• School Resource Officers are posted at each of the secondary schools. Local police officers make daily visits to elementary schools and conduct random walk-throughs.

• AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) are located in every school.

• The district’s Safeline – (314) 493-6205 – allows students, staff, parents and community members to report safety or security concerns anonymously 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Safeline can also be accessed through the Ritenour mobile app, which can be downloaded on a smart device by visiting the Apple or Google Play Store.