More Schools, Districts Upgrade Security
In Gainesville, Fla., starting this fall, Hall County schools will have security doors that will require visitors to check into the front office. They will then be buzzed into the building by school staff, reports the Gainesville Times. Local sheriff’s deputies will also be encouraged to be on campus by parking their patrol vehicles there while completing reports.
Gainesville schools tentatively plan to conduct a drill with the Gainesville Police Department.
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In Indiana, Indianapolis Homeland Security has created a new plan enabling first responders to have school floor plans, as well as providing them with the opportunity to outline risks and map routes they can use during an emergency, reports WBIW. Currently, a few schools are in the system, and Indianapolis Homeland Security is hoping to get more campuses involved. The system will allow floor plans and routes to be displayed on first responder command center TV screens as well as on laptops and smartphones in police officer patrol vehicles. This information will provide police, fire and EMS with better situational awareness during an emergency.
Additionally, Indiana State Police recently provided active shooter training for all school administrators for the Jasper School District.
In Tupelo, Miss., the local district plans to keep all exterior doors locked during the day and provide teachers with access control cards, reports the DJ Journal. Perimeter fences have also been installed, and a system has been deployed to assess the effectiveness of security officers. At the K-8 schools, visitors need to be buzzed in by the receptionist before they can enter.