Safety precautions at Patchogue-Medford schools have been heightened after .
Superintendent Michael Locantore said at Monday’s Board of Education meeting at South Ocean Middle School that the school district is on a “modified lockdown” until the .
In a issued a statement on the district’s website, Locantore said that the windows and doors of the first floor of every school building are locked, greeters are opening and closing the doors for everyone entering or exiting the buildings and a roving patrol is stopping by each school periodically during the day to address problems.
Gym classes and recess for the elementary schools are being held indoors, and a security guard is present at any outside activity at the elementary schools.
The full statement from the school district’s website is below:
Message From Superintendent Locantore Regarding Recent Community Events
In light of the recent tragedy that occurred in our community on Sunday, June 19th, today the following security measures were put in place:
All windows and doors were locked on the first floor of each school building.
Greeters opened and closed doors of each person entering and leaving a building.
A roving patrol stopped by each school periodically during the day to address any problems.
Gym classes and recess for the elementary schools (middle school and high school students were having final exams this week) were held indoors.
For any outside activity that occurred today at an elementary building, a security guard was there.
I also offered my assistance to the Superintendent of the South Country School District and any help we could possibly give.
These precautions will continue until the individual is apprehended.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of all of the victims. My hope is that they apprehend this individual quickly.