Alden High School will soon stop opening its doors before 7 a.m., meaning students no longer will be able to enter the building unsupervised before faculty and staff arrive.
The supervision lapse was discovered during a review of the school’s safety plan and meetings with the school’s student resource officer, Alden High School Principal Kevin Ryan said at Thursday night’s Alden Central School District Board of Education meeting.
“It’s something we need to address,” he said.
The problem stems from the doors of the school being opened before faculty and staff arrive, leaving students who get to school early unsupervised in the cafeteria, Ryan said. Teachers arrive around 7 a.m.
“Anything can happen when you don’t have supervision,” he said.
Most of the students who arrive early walk or get a ride from their parents, Ryan said.
“Some students don’t think it’s that cool to ride the bus,” he said.
The plan to address the gap will include a public relations campaign, Ryan said, explaining that the school will start opening its doors at 7 a.m., to make sure there is supervision.