Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

October 16, 2013

School security systems to be enacted Oct. 28


Journal-Express

Knoxville — The new locks and security measures taken at Knoxville's school buildings will go live Monday, Oct. 28. 

In May, the Knoxville School Board approved the expenditure of $74,473 for security cameras and recording equipment as well as locking systems. 

Doors will be locked in every building through most of the day, with the exception of the morning when students arrive at school. Late students, as well as visitors, will have to be "buzzed in" to the building. 

Visitors will be required to wear badges during their time in each building. They will also be asked to use these specific entrances:

● West Elementary - East door; all other doors will be locked. There will be a code for parents of students in the before & after child care program, for use at the north door. 

● Northstar Elementary - West door; all other doors will be locked. Employees may also use their access cards at the north door. 

● Middle School - West door; all other doors will be locked. Employees may also use their access cards at the east entrance. 

● High School - South door; all other doors will be locked. Students will continue to enter from the west door, near the Performing Arts Center. Students with Open Campus privileges will need to be “buzzed” in when returning to school. Employee card access is also available at the door near the loading dock and shop areas. 

● GOAL - North door; all other doors will be locked. 

● Administration Building - Southeast door; all other doors will be locked. 

Staff members will turn in their building keys soon. The new security systems will also record who accesses each building and when, if fob cards are used. If someone props a door open, that, too, will be recorded. 

All of this is in response to school shootings around the country. For more information, visit http://www.knoxville.k12.ia.us/pdf/SecurityAnnouncement.pdf