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Four Gwinnett elementary schools to pilot new school safety plan

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As part of its ongoing focus on safety, Gwinnett County Public Schools is set to begin a pilot safety program at four elementary.

Next week, four elementary schools: Lawrenceville Elementary , Rock Springs Elementary, Annistown Elementary, and Shiloh Elementary will start operating under the new visitor management system.

The security changes call for greater door control at the primary entrances to the schools. Once the school day begins, doors will be locked and visitors will need to press a button on a control panel to gain entry to the school. The control panel includes a video camera that allows staff inside the school to see who is at the door. Upon entering the school, visitors will follow the normal visitor procedures which includes: signing in, showing identification and receiving a visitor’s badge.

During normal arrival and dismissal times there will be no change. However once school starts, if child arrives late, a parent must come to the office to sign in their child. The district request that parents do not allow their children to come to the locked entrance alone. When visitors are ready to leave, they should exit the school building through the main entrance and officially check out.

School safety officials say they believe the new safety plan will enhance security for both students and staff.

Chief Wayne Rikard says, “The pilot process is critical as it will provide critical information about the equipment and process that will allow us to make better decisions as we look to expand the pilot across the district to other elementary schools.”

Gwinnett County School’s pilot safety program begins Tuesday, September 2.