Besides established precautions against the virus — student masking is optional — Lakota has also added more armed school police officers to its two high schools.
Lakota West parent Tara Green, whose daughter attends the school, said “it’s good to know she is safe and being protected at all times.”
Green praised the district for addressing the virus’ unprecedented impact on all schools and worries of parents about school security, especially in the wake of May’s shooting massacre at a Texas elementary.
“The whole COVID and security issues have been a priority for Lakota, along with academics.”
Fellow Lakota parent Julie Wazhter has four children in the district and said “I always like seeing increased police presence for school safety in general.”
“I’m pretty much impressed in general with how Lakota has handled every issue,” said the former teacher.
Kaitlyn Johnson, a Lakota West junior, paused before walking into the high school and another school year and said threats of violence, whether real or fake, is a part of modern day schooling.
“For the most part I feel safe here but you really can’t control the threats other people make. I know there are some real threats but there are some people (students) who are just trying to get out of school by making threats that are false,” said Johnson.
Fellow junior Audrey Kloth said the high schools now having two police officers helps to ease her security concerns.
“It’s a big school and the SROs (school resource officers) are good and talkative with the students and that helps,” she said.