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Back to school with new security measures

More than 450 students - grades seven through 12 had their first day of school at Randolph Union High School. With a new year brings some new security changes.

Randolph, VT- More than 450 students - grades seven through 12 had their first day of school at Randolph Union High School.
“It's great to have the energy of all the students back in the building after two months of it being pretty quiet,” said David Barnett, Co-Principal at Randolph Union High School.
During those two months the school upgraded classroom doors from the standard lock and key, to key card entry that can be controlled with a single switch.
“In my office and in my co-principal's office we have a switch that we can pull if there's an emergency situation and we need to do a lock down which will also lock all interior and exterior doors,” said Barnett.
These security upgrades come after the school installed security cameras inside and outside the building, a few years ago. And made changes to the exterior door locks as well- all within budget.
“We run very tight budgets. and within that budget we were able to do all of our security upgrades that we did so there was no additional burden to the tax payers at all,” said Barnett.
But that's not the only way the school is working to keep students safe.
“With a school you can either fortify your school, make your school a fortress, or you can make your school a learning commons. Where the community comes and goes in structured ways that actually perhaps keep people quite safe,” said Elijah Hawkes, Co-Principal at Randolph Union High School.
The senior project does just that.
It requires students to get involved in the community and get to know their surroundings.
“The right balance between strong security procedures and protocols and a curriculum that's deeply connected to the community can keep our young people very, very safe,” said Hawkes.
 
The principal says by the end of the year all of the classroom doors in the school will be upgraded to key card entry. And the system will be tested out in their monthly 'lockdown' drills.


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