(Atlantic) Visitors to Atlantic High School during the school day will now have to go through an Access Control System before they can enter the building. The system is not new to the district. It is already up and running at Schuler and Washington Elementary.
Atlantic High School Principal Heather Mckay says after 8:30 a.m. during the school day all the front doors will be locked. Visitors will gain access to the building at the northeast door where a buzzer and intercom system is located. Persons wanting to enter the building during school hours will need to press the doorbell and give their name and reason for visiting the school. The door will then be opened for that person to walk on in. McKay says employees will be able to see that individual before they come in the door.
McKay says the Access Control System was scheduled to been installed in the high school. But, after the tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut the system was immediately put into place.
“I think it’s another obstacle for anyone who would want to cause harm,” said McKay. “And this should make students and staff feels a little bit safer.”
McKay said, “I think it is so sad that our nation and our schools and various places have to be concerned about this. But, we are dealing with the youth of our community and I want to do anything that I can to make sure everyone is safe and protected.”
McKay notes that during all extra-curricular activities a Police Officer is present.
January 8, 2013