The Patron Insight survey presented to the Rolla Board of Education June 13 shows most respondents are satisfied with the safety of students in the buildings of Rolla Public Schools.
Fifty-seven percent gave a grade of A to the schools on the safety issue. Another 26 percent gave a B. Nine percent gave a C and 3 percent gave a D. There were no F grades given.
For the 43 respondents who gave a C or D, a follow-up question was asked about specific concerns.
Responses were coded from open-ended comments, based on common words, phrases or ideas.
Twenty-three responses fit into this category: "Schools overall need to have better security. Another 14 responses fit into this category: "Too easy to enter facilities."
Six other comments didn't fit, and here are those responses verbatim:
•"Make sure all schools have an armed guard on the premises at all times."
•"My child was assaulted. A girl hit her and broke her glasses. No guard was around."
• "Anyone could walk into a classroom. No security measures have been taken to check ID from any visitor."
•"Upgrade video in order to see all areas surrounding the school, with automatic locks on the doors that can be turned on with the flip of a button."
• "Provide a secure area for all schools to have a shelter, in case of a tornado.
Have guards at all schools."