More Security Upgrades for District 205 Schools

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The next time you visit a Rockford school, you could see some new security changes. That's because administrators in District 205 are stepping it up, when it comes to keeping our kids safe. It's all part of the District's 10 year facilities plan.

Using a key to get inside a classroom might soon be a thing of the past. District 205 is planning to switch to a key-less door system for some areas inside school buildings.

That's just one of the things administrators discussed during a strategic planning meeting Saturday morning. The district is in the middle of a 10 year facilities plan, where some security upgrades have already been completed.

That includes new visitor entry ways. A new key-less door system would only allow staff to open doors with their I.D's. Todd Schmidt says that will keep a strict access to school buildings and keep kids safe.

"What we want to do is limit the amount of access points that any potential intruder can get into the facility and then when they do get into the facility that they're in a controlled environment and they just can't run aimlessly throughout the hallways or the classrooms. We want to protect our staff and students, that's our number one priority," said Schmidt.

Schmidt says the key-less system should be in place in buildings by next school year, along with more new security vestibules.

Administrators are also planning to use a new Visitor's Management System in all elementary and high schools, where our I.D's will be scanned through a statewide system. Once when we enter the building.

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