Dr. Kendra Trail has focused on safety and security since she became superintendent of the Greencastle-Antrim School District last spring.

The school board approved an emergency operations plan in January and Trail wants the first teacher in-service day of the 2018-19 school year to be dedicated to safety and security.

Trail told the school board of her intention for Aug. 24 when she presented the tentative calendar at last week's meeting. The calendar is scheduled for approval in March.

The proposed calendar has school starting on Monday, Aug. 20, with the last day on May 29 and graduation on June 1.

In addition to Aug. 24, school will not be in session for the following vacation and in-service days: Sept. 3; Oct. 8; Nov. 22 to 27; Nov. 28; Dec. 24 to Jan. 2; Jan. 14; Jan. 21; Feb. 18; March 15; April 18 to 23; and May 27. Early dismissals are set for Nov. 21, Dec. 21 and April 17.

Trail also noted it is hard coordinating a calendar with all the districts that send students to Franklin County Career and Technology Center and the superintendents want to do a better job with scheduling in the future.

PikMyKid 

Also related to school safety and parents picking up their children from the elementary and primary schools, Dr. Robert Crider, chief educational officer, said PikMyKid is one option the district is looking at.

Between 50 and 75 parents are at each school at the end of the day to pick up their children, the lobbies can get crowded and the extra safety step of everyone having to be buzzed in adds to the congestion.

"PikMyKid was founded with the vision to increase the safety, accountability and communication within school districts," according to a handout given to the board. "PikMyKid partners with schools and empowers them with technology to efficiently manage their resources and provide a safe environment for their students."

PikMyKid creates a geo-fence around the building and has an app shared with parents. When the parents arrive, they hit the app and the school is notified. Parents do not even have to enter the building.

"They walk up, it sends us a message and we send the kid out," Crider said, adding there is a printed record of when a parent arrives and the child is released.

Crider said he expects to provide more information later and "this is just something we're looking at."

PikMyKid is fairly inexpensive and the PTOs may be asked for funding, Crider noted.

Threatening statement reported 

The following message from Dr. Kendra Trail, superintendent, was posted on the Greencastle-Antrim School District website Tuesday:

The High School Administration received a tip after school today regarding a statement that was threatening in nature. Immediate action was taken to contact the local police who are investigating the incident. We do not feel there is a direct or imminent threat to students or staff at this time; however, security will be elevated to include the presence of the Greencastle Borough Police and the PA State Police. The GASD Administration remains committed to maintaining a safe environment for our students and staff.