HELP GET VOTING OUT OF OUR SCHOOL
The Glenwood Landing School is still being used as a location for public voting, putting our children’s safety at risk. The parents of Glenwood Landing School want our children safe and we believe finding an alternative location is the answer.
out of public schools should be a priority of every school district and every
municipality. Historically, schools
were chosen as voting locations because they generally offer easy access to a
familiar and public space, but now that is the exact reason why we need to get
voting out of our schools. Schools should no longer be easily accessible to the
public. Ever since Columbine High School in 1999 and the multiple examples of
school violence up to and including the horrific incident in Newtown Connecticut
in 2012, school districts have become increasingly aware of and sensitive to the
issue of student safety. To that end, we have implemented multiple practices to
ensure student health and safety. The school district has spent significant
amounts of money on cameras, door locks, ways to keep students out of view; ways
to help local police isolate the part of the building where an intruder is known
to be; we have shared floor plans so police on the scene have all the necessary
information about the layout of the building; we have implemented practices that
help police know if students are accounted for or not; the list goes on and on.
In New York, as per revised laws and best practices, we regularly hold security drills. We have security
personnel on staff. Once students are in school in the morning, it has become
common practice to limit entrance to the building to one set of doors. These
doors have a buzzer system and a camera so the individual is visible to the
front office before being buzzed into the building. This applies to parents,
relatives and school neighbors.
The state of New
York is enforcing that schools take these extra security measures to help
increase the safety of our children. But what are students, parents, and staff
to think of the inconsistency that exists on Election Days when our school has
to unlock its doors, and let hundreds of unknown people enter the building from
6 am to 8 pm? We are forced to ignore the safety measures we’ve worked so hard
to put into place. Local police cannot
station an officer at each school where voting takes place during school hours,
so a security guard is hired for 7 hours, a significant
The Glenwood Landing School is asked to open it’s doors to the public on not only the Presidential Election Day in November, but for local elections, special elections, and primary days including the PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY on TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016.
We believe there are
alternate sites available to host public voting days,
- Municipal buildings
- Fire houses
- Churches and Temples
- Community Centers
We ask that you sign this petition so that together we can get voting out of the Glenwood Landing School.