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Safety First At Omni Middle School On First Day Of School

The kids hung out in the courtyard or cafeteria.  in light of restrictions imposed after the killings at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland.

Safety is a priority now, “but we don’t want them to be scared to come to school,” said Omni’s new principal, Allison Castellano, a Boca native and alumnae of Spanish River High School across the street.

Her plan is to issue car decals through the school’s parent-teacher organization and making sure everyone on campus is identified. “We shouldn’t be opening doors for people,” she said.

Moving through the crowds of kids, Castellano spotted three girls she knew as principal of Banyan Creek Elementary School. “I see some people I know,” she said, hugging them all at once.

The school district’s chief academic officer Keith Oswald was there, too, doing an Omni stop on his first-day-of-school district-wide tour.

Later, Castellano conducted her own tour of her new school, making sure all the entrances were locked down tight, even the open back door.

On another big issue in Boca, Omni’s one of the Boca schools that’s overcrowded. “We had 1,380 enrolled last week, but I’m sure it’s more by now,” Castellano said. “Students are even enrolling today.”

By Marci Shatzman

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