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Anoka-Hennepin locking all doors to elementaries during school days this year

In the wake of the horrific Newtown school shooting, Anoka-Hennepin Schools is introducing new measures this school year in hopes nothing like that ever happens at one of its elementaries.

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The school district is locking all doors into all its elementaries and requiring visitors to be buzzed into the building by a school official.

Here's the new policy as detailed on the district's website:

In the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, entrances to all Anoka-Hennepin elementary schools have been secured to prevent people from entering the school during the day when children are present unless they have a legitimate need to be there.

All doors directly into each elementary school will be locked throughout the day. Visitors will enter the front door into a locked vestibule. The school secretary will be able to see and speak with them either in person or on a video screen. Once the secretary has determined they have a need to be in the school, the secretary will buzz them in, similar to entry to an apartment building.

In addition, a driver's license scanner has been installed. When a visitor scans his or her license, the system prints out a personalized visitor's badge. If a visitor does not have a driver's license, the secretary will type in the visitor's name to generate a badge.

But as Newtown indicated, locking doors isn't a surefire way to prevent a school shooting. Before he killed 20 students and six adult staff members, Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary by shooting his way through a locked glass door.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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