A time honored tradition among elementary schools is quickly becoming a thing of the past due to the mass shootings that have occurred in the United States recently. Halloween parades are being eliminated as schools begin to tighten security to help protect children.
Jamesville-DeWitt is the latest school district to discontinue the annual Halloween parade. “We have had literally hundreds of adults attending these events with no ability to monitor who is present,” said J-D Superintendent Alice Kendrick. “This is an unacceptable risk to student safety.” Fayetteville-Manlius and West Genesee School Districts have also eliminated the parades.
Central New York schools are taking additional measures to improve security in the hopes of preventing any form of school violence. “Of course, no one can guarantee that nothing bad will happen,” said Jody Manning, superintendent of Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services, “but we can guarantee that we will do everything possible and reasonable to provide a safe and conducive learning and teaching environment for our students and staff.” That’s good to know because the safety of all school attendees should always be the first priority.