Your kids are back in school today, and while you’re happy to see that, you are probably also worried about security on campus considering the shootings we’ve seen at schools over the last year. Local districts have their concerns, too.
Sarah Wood of Conroe ISD says that district has a pair of new schools opening today, and security was important in designing the new facilities.
“We are going to be implementing front door cameras and buzzers for people to even come in to the entryway,” Wood said. “We’re always looking at the newest research that’s available. We’re always looking at the newest technology and designs to make sure the students have what they need.”
The distance from the street to the front door at the two new campuses are longer to give officials more time to assess any threat.
Elsewhere, Spring Branch ISD Police Chief Chuck Brawner told KTRH that district will be using new technology to help keep you up to date on what's going on with your kids while they are in the classroom.
“We’ve added iWatch Spring Branch. It’s part of the Harris County iWatch system,” Brawner said. “We’ll tell kids and parents how to download the app to their phones so they can send any tips straight to us.”
Brawner says at the end of the day your kids can be more helpful than you think as far as stopping any threat.
“Our best eyes in our schools are our teachers and our students who are there. If they see something that doesn’t look right they let us know,” Brawner stated.
And after six years, the Galveston ISD is re-opening Burnet Elementary, which had to be renovated to the tune of $5M following Hurricane Ike in 2008.