ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A big change is being made to District 205 classrooms. Locks are in the process of being installed.
Thousands of new locks will be installed in District 205 schools like Riverdahl Elementary, where the school is already safer for when student return in the fall. Since administrators are beefing up security, that’s one less thing parents and kids have to worry about come next school year.
“Any bad people can break into our school to get us.”
It’s a scary thought for 6-year-old Aiden Briden.
Although he feels safe at Riverdahl Elementary, he says classrooms could always be more secure. That’s why crews have been installing 1,800 new locks on every classroom door in District 205 Schools. This will allow principals to really “lock down” their schools and teachers will be able to lock their doors from the inside, something they couldn’t do before.
“If you were able to just lock a door, people wouldn’t have access to your kids.”
In light of the Sandy Hook shooting, Candice Ferguson says she’ll feel better when she drops her sons off at school.
“I think it’s a great idea and I think it’ll save a lot of lives if something were to ever happen, I really do,” said Ferguson.
That’s the hope for administrators in District 205. Crews have been working in several elementary schools across the city. Chief Operations Officer, Todd Schmidt says these locks were planned years before Sandy Hook and he hopes this will calm some parents’ fears about their kids’ safety.
“Their students can come into school, they can learn, with quality teachers in there and they’ll have a safe environment so they can feel that their kids, when they’re not with them, that they’re safe and secure.”
That’s all Aiden’s dad wants to know.
“It’s all stepping stones, as far as them trying to beef up security to make sure my kids are more protected, that’s all I can really ask of them.
These new locks cost about $600,000 to install, money District 205 already set aside. We’re told all locks should be installed by the time school starts in August.
District 205 is also tightening security at the entrance by adding a second set of door staht guide visitors straight to the main office.