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.
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.
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