New security measures in place on Lauderdale County school campuses

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - In October parents started raising concerns over safety at Lauderdale County Schools.

They were worried about intruders being able to walk right in without going through some kind of checkpoint. The school system listened and measures are now in place and operational.

The ringing of a door bell is a new sound heard throughout schools in Lauderdale County.

Ten campuses are now locked to the outside during the day. Visitors can only get into the school building if they are buzzed in - a safety feature which was sought-out by parents.

“He brought it to my attention,” Superintendent Jennifer Gray stated. “I met with him and was able to assure him that his concerns were being taken seriously.”

Superintendent Gray said the security threat was also on the system’s mind.

After consulting with a security expert, they installed the cameras and door buzzers at all main entrances.

Gray said school safety is an umbrella term, but one they take very seriously. Monitoring who is coming in a building is just part of a bigger picture.

“We have to look at transportation, safety with weather, tornado drills, fire drills, evacuation drills,” Gray explained. “It’s just a large area of what our school system has to constantly monitor and evaluate ourselves.”

Ultimately, Gray said they will do whatever is necessary to keep kids safe while at school.

The Lauderdale County School Board spent just less than $30,000 to install the door systems on each campus.

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