South San ISD takes lesson from Sandy Hook tragedy, security upgrades coming

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by Dillon Collier / KENS 5

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Posted on March 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

South San Independent School District has set aside more than half a million dollars to install electronic lock doors on all 18 of its campuses.

"Just to make sure we do everything we can to ensure the safety of the staff and students," South San ISD spokesman Ed Suarez said.

The district has had previous discussions about upgrading the doors, but Suarez said the process was accelerated after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.

"We think for what we need right now it's going to be perfect," added Suarez.

South San ISD Superintendent Rebecca Robinson said the project is being paid for using leftover bond money, and will not have to come out of the district's general fund.

The doors will be installed this summer, and will be ready to use for the fall semester.

Staff members will be able to unlock doors by swiping a security card.

Parents who come to campus will need to be buzzed in by someone in the front office.

Students walking through campus will need to be escorted by a staff member with a security card.

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