Since returning from the holiday, the issue of security has been occupying much of my time. We have met with each of our security officers for the purpose of ascertaining their thoughts on areas that need strengthening. We also met with the Regional Security Manager from Philip Morris, Tony Soloman, and his colleague, Mehmet Teköz, yesterday. Tony has much experience with international school security. We plan to work in continued partnership with Tony and Mehmet and will have our follow up meeting in a fortnight.
We have received much valuable feedback and guidance from these meetings and we are taking measures to tighten security. As a start, we will be keeping the school gates locked during the day. You are still welcome on campus but please be sure to look at the camera just outside by the gate so that the guards can see who you are and let you in. We will be setting up an audio-visual intercom system for this purpose in the near future where the guards will be able to buzz you in.
Please remember that all your belongings should be passed through the x-ray machine and that everyone should go through the metal detectors. These machines are regularly checked and they are not hazardous to health. If changes to our security procedures are deemed necessary, you will be informed of new measures as they are put into place.
Finally, please make sure that Alison has your emergency contact numbers and that they are up to date. We would appreciate it if you could send her these numbers by Monday, should they need updating.