Greece Odyssey parents were reassured about their kids safety on Monday. They were invited to attend a PTSA meeting to hear from school officials and police and have their questions answered.
Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan said if the school’s open, that’s because he and school officials feel it’s safe.
The school has a resource officer, which is a police officer assigned specifically to that school, as well as security guards, and PTSA president Colleen Taylor said she thinks it’s important for the kids to have a good relationship with them and feel comfortable with them.
One of those relationships came in handy recently when a kid felt safe enough to share what he’d overheard about a bomb threat. One of the young men arrested was a student at Greece Odyssey and police said he he showed photos to other students of another person he said looked like a “school shooter.”
“The best thing is that they are listening to us right? They heard something, they responded, they came forward. So what we’re saying to our kids is sinking in,” Taylor said.
The school plans to add more safety features this summer, such as double entry hallways, interior notification systems, and license plate readers. It’s part of their capital improvement budget plan called Reimagine Greece. You can read more about the plans for all the Greece schools here.