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New Security Measures At Schools

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For parents there is nothing more important than their child's safety. The Savannah Chatham County Public School System is taking a further step to ensure that safety by making it harder for visitors to get through the door.

The school district just wrapped up installing new video intercoms and electric doors at the main entrances of all K-8 and elementary schools.

"Elementary and K-8 schools do not have resource officers on campus and therefore they seemed to be somewhat more vulnerable," said Chief of Campus Police, Ulysses Bryant.

Over at Spencer Elementary the doors to the main office used to stay unlocked during school hours. Now you have to press a button which is connected to a video system in the front office to be let in.

"You can see who that person is, you can talk to them and establish their purpose for being here, and once that's established it allows you to allow access," said Chief Bryant.

The principal of Spencer Elementary, Andrea Williams, said this method is much safer to what they were used to.

"The way the building is set up, we can't see the door, so even though we ask, and every school asks to have people sign in, people sometime will go directly to the school building and we don't know who's in the building and that's scary," said Williams.

Williams said this extra layer of protection is giving parents relief.

"It has made a tremendous difference. It's like being at home, someone ringing the door bell, and you're welcoming them to Spencer. I think they feel safer knowing that it's secure," said Williams.

The district spent $72,000 for these new security enhancements. The money came from tax dollars in ESPLOST II.

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