LAPEER (WJRT) (7/11/2018) - Lapeer Community Schools is taking new safety measures to protect its students before they return to class.
"There has to be layers of redundant response and defense to make a building really secure," said Superintendent Matt Wandrie.
Before the new school year, Lapeer Community Schools is adding another layer of security to their buildings after working the upgrades into the upcoming budget.
"Essentially, you will come and there will be a visual cue to press a buzzer. It will indicate to the staff in main office that someone is there," Wandrie said. "The staff in the main office will be triggered in result of that, so you will see a visual of the person and then a conversation can take place about the nature of their visit for the day."
To ensure visitors do make contact with administration, there will only be one point of entry to the building. Administrators will also be trained on how to determine whether people coming to visit schools should be allowed inside.
"Step one is meeting with all of our staff in each building independently with the company and representatives from Central Office to talk about how they currently process traffic in the building," Wandrie said. "Getting their input on what will work best, where the video systems should be place is going to be really key to this."
Wandrie said through new technology, they're also working closer with first responders.
"It's kind of a virtual tour walk-through of our facility, and in time of incident or crisis that image in addition to really critical building data can be text messaged in the form of a link to any agency that is first responding to the building," Wandrie said.
While they hope that technology doesn't have to be used, they believe it will save time in a crisis.
All 11 Lapeer Community Schools buildings will have the security upgrades made by September.