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Video Secure Access at All Elementary and Middle Schools Effective January, 2014 back button

A video secure access (buzz-in) system has been installed and will become active at all elementary and middle schools in the Douglas County School System on January 8, 2014 as part of the district’s continued efforts to provide a safe environment for our students and staff. Seven schools began piloting the system in December.

“The safety of Douglas County students and staff is the number one priority,” according to Superintendent Dr. Gordon Pritz. “This certainly is the primary reason this initiative was moved forward to provide a video secure access or buzz-in system. We have received positive response from parents and staff at the seven pilot sites.

"As with most every school system in the state and country, I would guess, the tragic event at Sandy Hook prompted all of us to examine further our safety practices. We believe this is just one more responsible measure of safety practices we can implement to make our schools safe. We know with this change, in access requirements to the school, may find to be an inconvenience and extra work to some, but we don't think that will ever outweigh the importance of this in regard to the safety of our kids. We will greatly appreciate everyone's patience and understanding if they are inconvenienced just a bit,” Dr. Pritz said.

The main entrance of each elementary and middle school is now equipped with a security camera and intercom. After the start of each school day, doors will be locked and all parents and visitors will be required to push an intercom button and state their name and the purpose of their visit prior to gaining entry into the school. School staff will make a visual and verbal determination prior to granting visitors access to the school. In addition, all visitors will continue to be asked to provide photo identification, sign in and wear a visitor badge while in the school.

Frequently asked questions and responses regarding the video secure access are as follows:

Q: When will the new system go into effect?

A: The new buzz- in system will go into effect January 8, 2014. Each elementary and middle school will be equipped with a buzz-in station at the main entrance which includes an intercom and security camera. Parents and visitors will be required to push an intercom button and state their name and the purpose of their visit prior to gaining entry into the school. In addition, all visitors will continue to be asked to provide photo identification, sign in and wear a visitor badge while in the school.

Q: What time will the school doors be locked in the morning?

A: Elementary school doors will be locked at 8:00. Middle school doors will be locked at 8:30

 

Q: What if my child is late to school? Will he or she need to be buzzed in?

A: Yes, your child will need to go to the main entrance of the school and use the buzz-in system in order to enter the school.

 

Q: Will parents who are volunteers at the school need to follow the same buzz-in procedures?

A: Yes. All parents and visitors will need to follow the buzz-in procedures in order to enter the school.

Q: Will the buzz-in system be in use when there are large numbers of parents and visitors at the school due to special events?

A: The Principal will determine whether the buzz-in system will be used during specific events that are held during school hours.

Q: How will visitors who are unfamiliar with the new buzz-in procedures know where to enter the building?

A: Signs will be posted outside exterior doors directing visitors to the main entrance. In addition, information on how to access the intercom will be posted at the main entrance.

Q: How will school staff determine whether or not to grant a visitor access to the school?

A: School staff may use a list of clarifying questions to determine whether the visitor has a legitimate reason to enter the school. If there is any concern about admitting the visitor, school staff will contact school administration for response.

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