Doors open again at Wilson school

By The Mercury

In a lockout for a week, students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School went back to normal Friday.

The school, 312 N. Juliette Ave., locked its front door on Nov. 8 and kept children inside for recess because of a domestic dispute in the neighborhood that involved at least one child at the school, according to USD 383 communications and safety director Michele Jones.

Principal Deb Nauerth chose to keep the children inside for their safety.

“We’re hoping for smooth sailing,” Nauerth said, now that things are back to normal.

The lockout was intended to monitor who came in the building. The front door could be viewed by personnel from the main office who would let parents in when they came to the door.

Nauerth said her top priority was to keep the elementary school students safe and, in the end, the lockout had some benefits.

She said during the process the school found a different place where parents could pick up their children, which alleviated traffic issues.

Nauerth also said there could be a potential discussion about switching the way the school keeps its doors secure.

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