Unit 7 OKs security door system for schools

Unit 7 OKs security door system for schools

TOLONO — The Unit 7 school board unanimously voted this week to authorize the purchase of a security door entry system for all four of the district's schools.

The systems will include a button that visitors will push to trigger a phone in the office. Office personnel will be able to see who is at the door via a wall-mounted camera with a speaker. The building secretaries will be given a list of questions to ask visitors before they are allowed to enter.

Parents who come in to pick up students will stay in the office, and their children will come to them.

"So there's no unsupervised adult movement in the building," Superintendent Andrew Larson said. "It will be a bit of a culture change. But we want to create an environment that's going to be safer for our kids."

Larson said the systems, which are being bought from Tri-Color Locksmiths in Urbana, would cost between $21,000 and $24,000.


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Mqqneyes wrote on January 19, 2013 at 11:01 am

 Are the doors still glass?