Mt. Pleasant Public Schools (MPPS) has begun installing security doorstops on classroom doors in all of their middle and high schools as an added safety measure.
“At Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, the safety and well-being of our students and staff remains our number one priority,” said Superintendent Jennifer Verleger. “The district has made several security improvements over the past few years thanks to the support of our community, and these security door locks provide another way to help protect students and staff in the event of an active shooter or ‘other emergency event.’
As of this week, 250 devices are being installed at Mt. Pleasant High School and Mt. Pleasant Middle School. Door barricades are made by Nightlock, based in Mt. Morris, Michigan, which manufactures security devices used in schools, universities, churches, offices and other buildings.
The project is funded in part by a grant from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe as well as 2016 bond funds. MPPS plans to eventually install the devices in all classrooms in the district, including elementary buildings.
The 2016 bond proposal also supported new secure office entrances to every building, and the 2021 bond passed by voters last November will fund upgrades to the district’s camera and security systems as well as other security improvements.
Additionally, officers from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department are regularly present in school buildings. MPPS has also implemented ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) training and exercises in all buildings.
“By working together, we hope we can all do our part to increase student and staff safety, because I truly believe our schools should be safe havens to learn and grow,” Verleger said. “I invite families and members of the community to contact at any time if you have any questions about our school safety measures, practices or procedures.”