Wisc., Va., Ark., Pa., N.J., N.H., Conn. Schools Announce Security Upgrades

Here’s an update of the schools and districts that have implemented or will be implementing K-12 security upgrades.

Lincoln Elementary School in Port Washington, Wisc., has a redesigned entry, and Wauwatosa has hired a security officer to oversee district plans to improve security, reports Today’s TMJ4.

In Waynesboro, Va., Westwood Hills Elementary School is now photographing every adult who signs in. They are then issued a visitor’s badge with their photo on it, reports Newsleader.com. Additionally, all visitors must enter through the front office.

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In Van Buren, Ark., district officials will spend about $9,000 to upgrade security at seven campuses, reports the Daily Journal. Improvements include the installation of magnetic locks. Now visitors will need to be “buzzed in” to campus.

Security cameras and front entrance buzzer systems have been installed in Reynolds school buildings in Greenville, Pa., reports WFMJ.com. Additionally, front entrances have been redesigned, and a card access system has been implemented to keep track of who comes and goes on campus.

Roselle, N.J., schools are spending nearly $200,000 for video surveillance systems at three campuses, reports NJ.com. The security cameras are being funded by a Secure Our Schools Grant and matching funds from the borough and school district. Video from the cameras will be streamed to local police, as well as officers in their patrol vehicles.

In Nashua, N.H., visitors to schools will now be required to use an intercom to communicate with office staff before being allowed on campus, reports the Nashua Telegraph. They will also be required to sign in and wear a visitor’s badge. Additionally, visitors will not be allowed to “piggyback” — go in behind a visitor without being checked in.

Officials in Enfield, Conn., have hired 18 part-time armed security officers to guard schools, reports Fox19.com.  East Hartford schools are updating access control.

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