Due to the extra rain and moisture that we have had of late, we are finding that the 2 main entrance doors are not self-locking. The moisture has swelled the wood and prevents the doors from latching fully, even when the self-closure mechanisms and the wood edges have been readjusted.
For the safety of those in the building, we ask that you please make sure to push the door in until you hear it click every time that you use the door. The doors will close completely, so they deceive one into thinking that it has fully locked. It is only until one manually presses in a little that the locking mechanism engages.
In addition, we continue to find the gate facing E. 32nd St., and that leads to the playground, unlocked at different times of the day. This gate should always stay locked from the outside to prevent unauthorized persons access to the playground and the building through that door. This gate is there strictly for the purpose of evacuations should an emergency ever arise during business hours. It is especially crucial that you not use this gate at all for exiting from the building since this is the door that does not have electronic or human surveillance throughout the day or when teachers are indoors with the students.
Because this is an emergency exit, the instant that one turns the door latch to open it from the inside, the locking system disengages from the outside, and will remain unlocked even after you have closed the door in. If it is accidentally left unlocked, any intruder could gain entrance to the school without anyone noticing. This will jeopardize everyone in the building.
Please help us to keep our children safe by not using this gate for exiting the building or playground.