Should Strongsville teachers strike on Monday, March 4 safety will be a priority for police.

Arrangements have been made by the Strongsville Police Department to make sure children, substitute teachers and school property is safeguarded.

Police Chief Jim Kobak and Safety Director Charles Goss met with school officials and representatives of the teacher’s union to express their expectations when it comes to safety and order during this time of a potential strike.

“Anything could happen hour by hour, but we have fielded so many concerns from parents regarding the safety of their children that we wanted to calm the community and let everyone know that we will have a presence at all the schools,” Kobak said.

In addition to Strongsville police being at each school property beginning March 4, school officials have hired private security personnel.

“Teachers are well respected in the community. I fully expect them to be professional throughout,” Kobak said. “We will maintain a safe environment for students, staff and anyone who is engaged in peaceful and lawful demonstrations.”

The police chief advises parents with safety concerns to call the Strongsville Police Department at 440-238-7373.

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