Due to enhanced safety measures, the walking track at Southwest Local School District’s Activity Center will no longer be open to the public for walking during the entirety of the school day. However, the track will be open for public walking from 6-11 a.m. and again from 3-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, except when an event is taking place in the Wildcat Sports Arena.
Daytime walking will resume during spring break and summer.
“In the Southwest Local School District, the safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority. We constantly review our safety procedures and are always looking for ways to improve,” states Superintendent John C. Hamstra.
He adds, “Overcrowding on the secondary campus this year has necessitated moving some classes from both the junior school and high school to the Activity Center. For this reason, we must treat the Activity Center the same as the other academic buildings during the school day when it comes to security, which means limiting public access to the building. We apologize for this inconvenience and we thank you for your understanding as we work to ensure the continued safety of our students.”
There are now several classes which meet in the Activity Center during the afternoon, primarily as an overflow from the high school and junior school. “Our number one priority is to keep our students safe, yet we also want to provide the community with an accessible walking track,” explains Hamstra.
The walking track will open at 6 a.m., with walkers asked to leave at 11 a.m. so the building can be secured for the afternoon classes. The bridge from the Activity Center to the high school will be locked when the track is open to the public.
To view a calendar of SLSD events, please visit the district website at www.southwestschools.org.