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Implement Necessary Security Changes at Main Line ECE

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This letter is being initiated due to our concern, as parents, for our children's security and safety when they are at school/camp at Main Line Reform Temple. After the tragic disaster that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year, security meetings/updates took place at MLRT but the outcome was unsatisfactory and unacceptable. We have all heard that the Rabbi likes an “open door” policy at his synagogue, but unfortunately in today’s society that can not happen without opening up the doors to possible tragedy and misfortune. We are not willing to wait for tragedy to occur at our children’s school in order for change and action to take place. We need to do something now to act and prevent these horrible things from ever happening at our school/synagogue. We know that you say the only access to the pre-school is through the downstairs office, however, there have been multiple times that Carole’s office door is not locked and anyone can walk right into the office. In addition, our children are always moved around the synagogue to areas that have zero security and give anyone access to them. From the main synagogue/chapel for Shabbat services, to the circular room downstairs and to the lobby where they wait for pick up. We have all witnessed people who walk into MLRT and are not stopped by the office to the left that can walk around and have access anywhere they want. Not only does this policy and lack of security threaten the safety of our children, but it doesn’t even meet the security standards of all other synagogues/pre-schools in the area. It is important to be on the same page and have similar safety measures in place.

We love MLRT and want our children and families to grow there, however we need to know that change is going to take place. Enough is enough. The main doors should always be locked and there should be video surveillance as well as a buzzer where everyone must identify themselves and give reason for their visit. This is not asking much and it can possibly save us from tragic disasters that occurred in places that have been unimaginable. We are sure that the parents of the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary believed that their babies were safe while at school. That was not the case. We are not willing to have the same thing happen to our children.

Below you will see the names of parents that support this cause and demand change. Please hear our voices and do the right thing so that we can continue to love and grow at MLRT.

Thank you

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