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School District Has New Security System

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--We begin in Cedar Rapids where one school district is now using a building entry system to monitor who makes it in and out of school buildings.

Officials at College Community School District say it's a way to keep school grounds safe.
 
The device is like an intercom. Visitors press this button right here and identify themselves, then someone inside the building will decide whether it's safe to let them in.

It's the ultimate security guard.

"It does help us control who comes in and who doesn't," said Prairie Heights Elementary Principal Scott Shipper.

The new security system now at Prairie Heights Elementary is meant to keep a watchful eye on visitors.

"If we can do or put anything in place that will at least slow something down or help us to maybe prevent something, we need to try," he said.

Shipper says the school district decided to look into a building security system after doing an audit of their safety procedures.

The system costs $4,000 per district building but with the never-ending news of school shootings some parents say it's worth it.

"Safety is the number one priority of all the students and anything you can put in place that will help that is definitely a good idea," said parent Samantha Ironside.

The entry system locks down the entire building including the front door.

It connects to a box on the secretary's desk which also has a camera that allows to her to see the parent or visitor wanting to come in.

"You always have the other sense that anything could happen but it definitely could buy a little bit of time," said Ironside.

Officials say while the system may not stop a possible incident, the 30 to 40 seconds it gives them is what counts.

"It buys us time that we didn't have before," Shipper said.

Its not just college community that's now upping their security systems.

As of this past summer all Cedar Rapids district buildings also have security cameras.
 
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