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Valley View Revises New Security Measures to Allow Food, Visitors

Valley View School District 365U Superintendent James Mitchem will hold a town meeting Thursday to discuss the new security measures.

Valley View School District 365U officials have revised the district's new security regulations regarding food and visitors. 

The district released a list of new safety and security measures Monday following the elementary school shooting in Newtown, CT. 

READ MORE: Parents Kept Out of Classroom Parties Part of Valley View Safety Measures

The district previously barred all food from being brought into the classroom; now only home-made food is prohibited while store-bought food is allowed. School officials will also be able to bring food to their classrooms and parents can drop off lunches to their children. 

Valley View placed a moratorium Monday on adult access to students during the school day and for before school breakfast programs while its visitor procedures were being reviewed. 

In an e-mail Tuesday, Superintendent James Mitchem said community volunteers and visitors will be admitted. Each visitor will be required to sign in, state the purpose of the visit and sign out when leaving. Visitors will be restricted to the area in which the event or the volunteer effort is taking place. School administrators will set the parameters for each visit. All current activities during school and after school will continue as planned.

Mitchem said there was some concern and confusion about locking classroom doors during school. He clarified the doors would only be locked on the outside. 

Mitchem will hold a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss the new procedures and general safety issues for the district. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at Lukancic Middle School, 725 Normantown Road in Romeoville.

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concerned parent December 20, 2012 at 12:40 AM
If a child fears for their life, because of something another said, that is enough of a credible threat. And from what I have heard a lot of children feel the same way my child does!
concerned parent December 20, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Also my child keeps saying that they are not asking people to come to talk to anyone with concerns or info, they just keep saying they know of the threat and they have added security!!
Lettuce December 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
My daughter was encouraged to go speak with an administrator, which she and her friend did. Then I spoke with two administrators and the head of security. THAT is where I got my info. Good enough for you?
Rhonda December 21, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Speaking from personal experience, my two little ones seem to be adjusting well to the new security policy. They are not afraid, and actually like the new security guy at their school. Pioneer Elementary/VVSD sent home a flyer explaining in great detail the new policy, and held a town hall meeting last nite. (unfortunately the snow storm prevented many from attending, including myself) The district has done its due diligence. Job well done.
Romeoville Resident December 21, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I actually emailed the district about the threat and the superintendent emailed me back regarding the issue. My daughter is in school today, there was added security when I dropped her off. Even though they found who started the rumor, they still took extra precautions today. I am thankful that even though they found the rumor was not credible they still took action to keep our children safe. That is what is important.

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