Baldwin Community Schools implements additional safety measures

Superintendent: 'The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority'

BALDWIN — Baldwin Community Schools has implemented several additional safety and security measures this summer in preparation of the 2022-23 school year.

Entrances at Baldwin Elementary and Baldwin Jr/Sr High School were enhanced to include surveillance cameras, intercom systems and access-controlled doors.

The district recently approved a three-year contract with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department for a full-time school resource officer. The contract increased the number of days to provide a full-time officer assigned to the district starting this school year.

“I’m proud to continue serving the wonderful students and staff at Baldwin,” said Deputy Cheyanne Keena, who has served as school resource officer since January. “From providing assistance in behavioral situations to reading books to the children, I’m here to offer protection and help students foster positive relationships with law enforcement.”

Last weekend the district held an active shooter training with first responders from multiple departments and agencies, school staff and other community organizations. The full-scale exercise tested the way the school and emergency departments would respond in such a situation. 

“I’d like to extend my appreciation to all those who came together last weekend to test our resources and procedures,” Superintendent David Forrester said. “The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority at Baldwin Community Schools, and the active shooter training marks one of several ways we’re continuously working to enhance our emergency preparedness and promote a safe learning environment.”