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Riverdale schools will now use buzz-in entry system

Posted on Aug. 20, 2018

Dear Riverdale Families, 

I am delighted to join the Riverdale team for this school year, and I look forward to getting to know you and your students. You’ll be hearing from me throughout the year about a variety of topics, including safety, which is certainly important to all of us. 

Single point of entry

Our district team and school safety committees have been actively planning for increased security measures to keep students safe during the school day. School safety experts advise it is best to secure schools with a single point of entry. For this reason, we ask for your support as we take steps together to accomplish this practice throughout our district. Opportunities for input are outlined at the bottom of this notice. 

Starting this week, we will begin using a new buzz-in entry system at the front door of each school. All back and side entrances to the schools will remain locked during the school day. The District Office will also remain locked, and visitors are asked to check in at the grade school before proceeding to the District Office. New directional signage will guide visitors to the proper entry location on each campus. 

Here's how it works:

Intercom on wall Visitors who need to enter the building during school hours will stand in front of a camera near the front entrance at each school and push the "call" button. There will be signs asking you to use the intercom for entry and to show where the call button is located. The office staff inside the building can then see who is requesting entry to the building. They can answer the "call" and talk to the visitor via the speaker near the call button and unlock the doors for entrance.  

Please be patient, as there may be moments when student needs prevent our staff from being immediately available to answer your “call” and unlock the door.

Upon entering the building, all visitors (including parents and alumni) are required to check in at the main office and wear a visitor badge while they are on campus. They will also need to sign out as they leave. 

A multi-pronged approach to safety

Putting this system in place will bring added security to our buildings and address some of the fears and concerns voiced by our students, parents and staff. However, we will also continue to use the following safety procedures: a multi-agency threat assessment team, routine lock down and lock out drills, safety tip lines, connecting students with mental health services, staff training in run/hide/fight strategies, and partnership with our community resource officers. 

Thanks for your partnership in keeping students safe by immediately reporting any possible threats. To do so, you can call one of two 24/7 anonymous concern reporting lines: 888-287-6157 or 844-472-3367 (the second number can also take texts), email or report online at This information can also be found on the Safety Tip Lines page of each school’s website. 

Opportunity for input

Our principals will be presenting to the school board about the increased security measures at the Aug. 20 board meeting. The community is welcome to attend the meeting, at 6 p.m. in the Riverdale Grade School Commons, to hear more about these new practices and provide input to the administration and school board. You can also direct your questions or concerns to the principals or to me. 


Jim Schlachter
Interim Superintendent