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23 Round Rock Schools Getting New Security Measures
The Round Rock School District is changing its security measures in response to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. last month.
Twenty three schools will receive what the district calls "safe and secure entryways."
"It looks a little different at every school. But the main focus behind it is you have to be funneled into the main office and there is no way, either you're blocked by a wall, by double doors. There's some sort of block that gets you into the main area," Round Rock ISD spokesperson JoyLynn Occhiuzzi said.
In the office, a school employee checks you in by scanning your identification card. Once you are cleared, you're buzzed into the campus.
Angie Castro has two children in the Round Rock School District.
"As a parent, I would feel a little more comfortable and I think staff and children will be a little more secure," she said.
Out of 49 schools in Round Rock ISD, 23 schools do not have this type of barrier.
The Round Rock Board of Trustees approved $910,000 to upgrade those entrances from money the district was able to save from previous bond projects.
"For the security of our children and everything that is going on our country, I think it's a good investment," Castro said.
While Occhiuzzi says it's impossible to prepare for every possible situation, they want to make sure they "are doing what we can to secure our schools."
The goal is to have all the new entryways installed by the start of the next school year.
We are not identifying the schools in order to protect student safety.
By Lydia Pantazes