The Great Neck Public School District in New York serves more than 6,500 students from over 40 countries. It is home to some 40,000 people on the suburban North Shore of Long Island, in Nassau County, 30 commuting minutes from Manhattan.
In response to reports of attacks against Asian-American and Jewish populations in the state and around the country, the Great Neck School District has added and reinforced traditional security measures to keep students and staff safe.
At a recent school board meeting, School District’s superintendent, Teresa Prendergast, said all schools throughout the district remain locked from the exterior and that the district will not permit any visitors to enter the building. The district’s security office is operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and each school has assigned security guards.
In addition to in-school measures, the Nassau County Police Department has increased the presence of patrol cars throughout the district, and officers from the department’s Problem Oriented Police sector are working closely with district officials.