Locks added to high school entrance and elementary school classroom doors

By Susan Mustapich | Sep 04, 2018
Source: File photo At Camden Hills Regional High School, all of the exterior doors, including the front entrance, will be locked while school is in session, for the first time since the school opened in 2000.

CAMDEN — The entrance doors to Camden Hills Regional High School are now locked while school is in session for the first time since the building opened in 2000.

Prior to the first day of school, locks were installed at the high school, according to SAD 28/Five Town CSD Director of Facilities Keith Rose. A buzzer system was also installed, now bringing the high school entrance in line with what has been in place at the elementary and middle schools.

The locked entrance doors are a school safety measure in response to heightened concerns about school shootings discussed at a school safety forum in March. At the forum, school administrators and law enforcement officials listened to concerns from parents and members of the community. Safety upgrades to buildings and increased communication between school and police officials were discussed. At the forum, SAD 28/Five Town CSD Superintendent Maria Libby promised the high school entrance would be locked during the school day, and spoke about a planned card entry system.

Also prior to the opening of school Sept. 4, Camden Rockport Elementary School, classroom doors were retrofitted to lock from the inside, according to Rose. Classroom doors at the high school and middle school already lock from the inside.

The Knox County Emergency Management System has submitted a grant application, which includes funds for window film for the entrances to the high school and elementary school, as well as a swipe-card entry system for the high school. Window films are designed to hold shattered glass in place, and provide more time for students to find shelter and for public safety officers to respond.



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