Prince George’s schools review safety protocols

School principals in Prince George’s County are being asked to review the district’s safety standards after separate security issues at two schools in less than a week.

Superintendent William Hite Jr. said last week that the school district needs to be more vigilant regarding allowing individuals to enter school buildings.

The review comes after a man went into an elementary school in the 8300 block of Oxon Hill Road in Fort Washington last Wednesday afternoon and tried to rob someone.

A man walked into Fort Foote Elementary School about 2:30 p.m. and demanded cash from a secretary who was sitting near the door, according to police and school officials.

Nothing was taken and no one was hurt.

A similar incident occurred Thursday when someone ran into William Paca Elementary School in the 7800 block of Sheriff Road in Landover after allegedly being chased by a group of men. The principal asked the man to leave and police were notified.

Briant Coleman, a spokesman for Prince George’s schools, said letters were sent home with students about both incidents.

Hite sent a letter to all principals containing safety suggestions, including a periodic review of lockdown procedures with the staff; notifying security of suspicious activity in the school; and ensuring that staff members wear identification cards.

Do you feel your child is safe at school?

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.

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