Schools took further security measures
Electronically controlled gates had been installed to all primary, middle schools and kindergartens in the city. Teachers and staff can only enter using key cards, according to the city education authority yesterday.
A system was developed for visitors before entering school premises. They will have to register at the front gate and will be allowed to enter only after their identities had been confirmed, the authority said.
The schools had also installed or upgraded a video monitoring system for security reasons. Videos are to be regularly checked by the police officers.
One of the developments of the tightened security system was establishing a security team of 1,000 members in Bao’an district last week which aims to protect students in the 445 primary and middle schools, kindergartens and youth activity centers in the district. Members of the team were equipped with siren, helmet and pepper spray, according to the district education authority.
School protection measures were also conducted by the authorities through a city-wide inspection to prevent disasters caused by storms and mudslides.
“There are several schools near mountains or in low-lying areas and it could be very dangerous for students in the storm season. Although the city’s schools have never reported any injuries or deaths in storms or mudslides in recent years, we have to ensure their safety before anything happens,” Guo Yurong, director general of the municipal education bureau, said.
Fall semester had started however four public schools had their classes postponed until September 15 due to construction work to ensure safety. About 1.2 million students returned for the fall semester yesterday including approximately 83,000 who were entering Grade One at primary school.