FAIRPLAIN, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Thursday morning, thousands of students will head back to the classroom. A top priority for educators is keeping those students safe, and the Jackson County, West Virginia, school system has worked diligently over the summer to accomplish that goal.
Fairplain Elementary teacher Kendra Braden is just as anxious for the first day of school as her incoming students.
"I'm excited to learn from them because every year is a learning experience,” Braden said.
With the addition of new books and building blocks comes other new features at Fairplain, such as a brand new double entrance, secure with bulletproof glass and steel doors.
"You're actually buzzed in twice,” Principal Melissa Browning said. "You stay in our front lobby until we deem you need to have entrance to the rest of the school."
The new safety measures extend beyond the premises of the school building itself.
"To put flashing lights up to slow people down for our school zone, you previously, by law, had to own up to the road. We didn't,” Browning said.
But thanks to new legislation, that has been made possible. Browning said it's been a long time coming and wouldn't have been possible without the help of dedicated school officials.
"This is a high-traffic road. They had a wreck in the evening time, and that person passed away. It's something they've been working on,” Browning said.
It’s an extra sense of security that will help everyone to arrive at school safely so they can focus on learning and having fun.
"It kind of gives us peace of mind, but it's all about the kids. They've always been the main priority. I'm excited for these new changes,” Braden said.
The double entrances were also added to Cottageville and Gilmore elementary schools.