The Streetsboro Board of Education is questioning the number of adults in the buildings during the school day for parties and other activities.
"I believe it is counter-productive to preach safety and security, and then allow a large amount of parents, grandparents, etc., into the building for a party," said Kevin Grimm, board member and Streetsboro fire lieutenant. "Large influxes of people in the school buildings could cause added 'chaos' in the event of an emergency."
The board asked Dr. Tim Calfee, district superintendent, to seek input from the elementary school principals on the issue.
The board has taken no official action, and there is currently no policy change in front of the board.
Wait Primary School Principal Jon Natko said some school districts limit the number of parents in a school to 3-4 per party and said policy limiting the number of adults could be implemented in Streetsboro.
Tracy Campbell, Streetsboro Community PTA president, stressed parents want to be involved in their children's activities.
"We don't want to tell people they aren't welcome," she said. "But when we looked at it, with all the people there, it is definitely a safety concern."
Campbell said she expects the board will eventually tighten up the rules regulating the number of adults in schools, but she said having other opportunities -- like reading books aloud to classes -- is "a good compromise."
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