Haleigh Packer, spokeswoman for Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools, says the main entrances at some facilities are being renovated to ensure visitors report to the office. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Security upgrades happening at some Red Deer Schools

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools upgrading entrances

Renovations are underway at some Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools to ensure all visitors have to report to the main office upon arrival.

Spokeswoman Haleigh Packer said similar modifications have been completed at other schools in the division for safety and to monitor traffic flow.

“(Visitors) cannot walk directly into the school. They have to walk through the front office and meet with our administrative assistants,” Packer said.

Secure entry renovations should be complete by the beginning of September at St. Martin de Porres at 3911 57A Ave., St. Elizabeth Seton at 35 Addinell Ave., St. Francis Assisi at 321 Lindsay Ave., and St. Thomas Aquinas 3821 39th St.

Renovations are also happening at St. Dominic High School and St. Matthew Catholic School, both in Rocky Mountain House, and St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School in Innisfail.

Packer said renovations also ensure that visitors sign in at the office.

“In case there is ever an evacuation that needs to happen, or we go into some sort of drill, we know who is in our schools at the time and who is not in our schools.”

She said newer schools, like St. Joseph High School, were built to require visitors to go to the office when they arrive.


Bike safety demonstration in Innisfail

Hero students highlight shift in school shooting guidance

Bruce Buruma, community relations director for Red Deer Public Schools, said the district’s newer schools, like Ecole Barry Wilson Elementary School, are also designed so that people must go to the office when they arrive.

At most of its other schools, the administration office is already near the entrance, and where warranted, security is upgraded.

“Safety and security is absolutely essential. If there are means through renovations that it can be done, we definitely consider it,” Buruma said.

“We do have a couple of schools where the office is not close to the main entrance. In those situations, then we have video surveillance in place.”

He said video surveillance is a reality today, whether it’s at a school, business or home.

“Supervision is another important part. Keeping eyes and ears open. School administration is out and about all the time.”


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Red Deer Catholic Regional School DivisionRed Deer public schools

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Food Truck Fridays to start new Drive and Dash events next week

Events will be held in Westerner Park parking lot Thursday evenings, Friday afternoons all June

Alberta gov’t to expand mental health supports

The Government of Alberta says a $21.6-million investment will expand online resources… Continue reading

City of Red Deer encouraged residents to participate in Food Bank Ninja Challenge

The City of Red Deer is encouraging residents to participate in a… Continue reading

Central Alberta naturalists fear pristine headwaters will be contaminated by coal mine

Chutes of the Ram constitute one of Earth’s ‘most beautiful’ spots

READER VIDEO: American White Pelicans spotted in Red Deer River

A Red Deer Advocate reader spotted a group of American White Pelicans… Continue reading

Protesters rally in Toronto against anti-black, Indigenous racism

TORONTO — Thousands of people are taking part in a rally on… Continue reading

Another COVID-19 case reported in northern New Brunswick on Saturday

CAMPBELLTON, N.B. — People from a city in northern New Brunswick lined… Continue reading

B.C. sees second day in a row with no COVID-19 deaths as schools ready to reopen

VICTORIA — British Columbia announced no new deaths from COVID-19 for the… Continue reading

UN sets pandemic voting rules for Canada’s Security Council campaign

OTTAWA — The United Nations has confirmed that the election for non-permanent… Continue reading

Police watchdog investigating death of Richmond man

RICHMOND, B.C. — British Columbia’s police watchdog has been called in to… Continue reading

COVID-19 cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a B.C. mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Tooting the importance of whistling

OK, so someone who tattles on another person is a whistleblower, and… Continue reading

Police see increase in speedy drivers on quieter streets during pandemic

Police across the country say they’ve been dealing with more complaints about loud, fast vehicles

Most Read