Santa Rosa County Schools Implement New Security Measures

The Florida school district is making improvements to access control, installing new security systems and setting protocol for school visitors.

Santa Rosa County Schools Implement New Security Measures

Schools in the Santa Rosa County (Fla.) School District can expect to see new safety measures, namely improvements to access control.

King Middle School in Milton is now implementing a new security system at the front office and will keep the front door locked, reports ABC 3.

All visitors will have to explain to the staff their reason for being at the school through a speaker. They will then have to present a photo ID to the camera.

Once visitors are allowed in the building, they are obligated to obtain a visitor’s badge and then be escorted to their destination by security personnel, according to Director of Security Daniel Hahn.

He says that this new protocol will be soon be used in all Santa Rosa County public schools.

“Anybody can walk through, or used to be able to walk, in this door without us knowing who they are. Then they’re challenged or checked. We thought another layer of security would be having this in place,” Hahn said.

The school district is also encouraging any faculty member or student to report if they see anyone on school grounds without a badge.

Hahn says the district took note of the school safety recommendations that came from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission report released last month.

The report suggests limiting entry and exit points, restricting visitors during school hours and always keeping classroom doors locked.

Each system cost the school district up to $7,500 to install, and Hahn says they are, “a one-time investment that will work for years and years keeping schools safe.”

The extra security should give faculty, students and parents peace of mind about school and student safety.

“I love it. I feel safe with my grandkids coming here,” said Clara Porter, whose granddaughter attends King Middle School.

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