Four Schools to Enhance Security at Entrances 

Four Schools to Enhance Security at Entrances

Visitors to the District’s elementary schools will see security enhancements at the entrances in coming months that are similar to the double set of locked doors now in place at Eisenhower Middle School.

The security “vestibules” will be created by adding another set of locked doors inside the existing front doors in all four elementary schools. Parents and delivery drivers will be able to drop off items without needing to go through the second locked door into the schools. Other visitors who have a purpose to be inside the building will be buzzed in through the second door. 

Locked hallway doors at Eisenhower keep visitors who enter the locked front door from advancing beyond the lobby.

The vestibules are set to be built at Coolidge, Lincoln, and Sicomac during Spring Break in April. Washington School will have a vestibule added this summer as part of a larger project to renovate the main office.

“There is currently a buzzer and camera system on the outside door and we will be installing the same on the new inside doors,” explains Business Administrator Patricia Salvati. “This hardening of the school entrances should reduce the amount of foot traffic into the schools.”

Eisenhower last year began locking the interior doors to the two hallways that lead away from the main entrance. Visitors to the school must enter the main office where they can drop off items or sign in if they wish to go farther into the school. Students and staff members can use their identification cards to unlock the doors between the front lobby and the rest of the building.

Posted by thomas.deloughry On 11 February, 2020 at 3:29 PM  

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