Valley Center Schools Increasing Security

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In light of the many tragedies we've seen in schools across the nation, the Valley Center School District is ramping up their security measures to keep their students safe.

At all the schools in USD 262, visitors have to check in with the front office before they can actually get into the schools. But now, they're adding another layer of security so visitors can't even get inside the building without the school staff's permission.

At Valley Center Intermediate School, the school secretary pulls double duty as gate keeper by making sure every visitor has a reason to be there.

Right now, they're the only school in USD 262 with the extra security measure but not for long.

"Now we feel confident that it's a good measure and we plan to expand it throughout all the buildings,” USD 262 Superintendent Cory Gibson said.

Valley Center's Superintendent says the driving force behind the new security measures are some of the deadly school shootings we've seen in just the last year.

"As we all know, the tragedies over the last few years has heightened everyone's awareness of securities in schools. One of the things we could do that's relatively inexpensive and would make our schools and our students feel safer is install doors that require a buzz in,” Gibson said.

It's been a month since they installed the door buzzer system at the intermediate school. Parents tell us they're already on board.

"I've actually buzzed in one time, and it's great to know the kids are safe and secure is a wonderful thing. One extra step is not a big deal,” USD 262 parent Michelle Claussen said.

The next step is installing the same system at the three elementary schools, middle, and high schools. Parents we spoke with there say they're actually looking forward to tacking on a few extra seconds while visiting the school.

"No, not an inconvenience at all. As long as it's keeping my kid safe, it's more than welcome,” USD 262 parent Carissa Underhill said.

The superintendent says the district is getting quotes on how much installing the buzzer system at all the schools. They expect to have it done no later than the beginning of next school year.

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