Dublin Villager

School security

'Buzz-in' systems, electronic ID check are next

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Parents will see changes when visiting Dublin City Schools this year.

The district is making security improvements across its 19 schools. The projects are designed to keep children safe from threats within and outside the classroom.

The district used 2008 bond funds to create one entrance to schools during the day that funnel into the office and added security cameras in 2009 and 2010.

That process will become more secure and parents should expect a different process when they go into the schools for their children.

"We'll have locked doors and buzz-in systems and electronic ID check for any visitor," Superintendent David Axner said.

The changes will be uniform throughout Dublin's 19 school buildings.

"We're trying to make everything consistent," Axner said.

The district has a contract with Dublin for five school resource officers and Axner said that plan is being looked at as well.

"We're also increasing our police protection," Axner said.

"We're trying to look into a different plan in regards to school resource officers and the city is working with us," he said.

Other security improvements revolve around training. Feb. 11, the district held a 21/2 hour training session for staff.

"I was there and there was a combination of the administrative team, counselors (and) we had some psychologists," Axner said.

"We made sure we're all on the same page. There's a higher percentage chance of stopping an incident if we notice signs prior to an event ... We'll continue to do even more professional development in the buildings."

Tracy Miller, the district's director of secondary education is heading up the district's security efforts and attended safety training offered by the office of Attorney General Mike DeWine last month.

"We sent five administrators and they came back and said 'We need to have everybody see this,' " Axner said. "It's a combination of exposing things that could have been done to prevent situations like those at Columbine and Virginia Tech. There were warning signs that no one did anything about."

While some districts are discussing arming employees as the nation focuses on school safety in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, Axner said that is unlikely at Dublin City Schools.

"The board (of education) has made it clear that everything is on the table and up for discussion, but at this time that is not the direction of the district," he said.

"We want to make sure we do everything we can in regards to safety. We don't want to implement something that could cause other issues down the road."

Parents will be notified of changes around spring break, Axner said.

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