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Rob Romano Sep 14, 2017, 9:20 amSep 14, 2017, 11:44 am

Parents in Wanaque to follow new security guidelines at 2 schools

Rule changes come after teen visiting former teacher led to lockdown

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At Haskell Elementary School in Wanaque, students made their way inside to their classrooms Thursday morning, but parents weren't allowed follow them in. This is just one of a number of changes that are affecting the school under some new guidelines.

Haskell Elementary is one of two public schools in Wanaque in which parents can no longer walk their children into school and are not allowed inside during the day without an appointment. The new rules enacted by the superintendent say bins will be left outside of schools to allow parents to leave forgotten items.

Parents who want to pick up their kids also need to make sure the main office is notified in writing beforehand. The school is also enacting a new buzzer system along with the school requiring visitor passes for parents to sign in and out.

Daniel Colon is the father of a three-year-old who will be going to school in a few years. He feels the safety changes are the right thing for the school.

"I have a daughter myself, you know, and I would hope that when it comes time for her to go to school I would hope that she's secure," Colon said.

The rule changes in Wanaque come after an incident in June in which a 17-year-old visiting an old teacher was turned away, but would not leave school grounds, in turn causing the teacher to have to lock down the classroom.

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