Sue Kiesewetter reports:
Visitors to Mason’s five schools won’t be able to walk into the buildings without using a newly installed buzz-in system.
The system has two-way audio and video capability between the main door and the office via an electric door release.
“Children’s safety is the number one driving force behind all of our security services,’’ said Mike Brannon, assistant superintendent of operations.
“The purpose of this new system is to better monitor the visitors coming into the school district, thereby providing enhanced protection for our students and staff.”
The changes follow recommendations from police and parental feedback following pilot security programs during the recently ended school year.
“Last school year, we beefed up our check-in procedures and found that families and visitors are receptive to the new processes,” Brannon said.
Showing identification and a visitor’s badge system was piloted at the schools during the 2012-13 school year, said Tracey Carson, district spokesperson. Following a review, the procedures were tweaked and become policy when students return next month.
“Given local and national concerns for student safety, most people understand and appreciate the need to take additional measures to protect our students,” Brannon said.
Under the new system once visitors have been buzzed-in, they have to present a valid driver’s license or other identification at the school office. The individual will then be issued a visitor badge which must be returned to the school office at the end of the visit.