Visitor entry systems provide extra layer of security at many schools in Arlington

Visitor entry systems provide extra layer of security at many schools in Arlington
Visitor Entry SystemArlington Public Schools recently installed visitor entry systems to increase school safety by securing buildings from unauthorized visitors. To gain access, a visitor pushes a button on a call box in front of the school to request entry into the building. After the school staff have verified the visitor, they can then remotely unlock the front door and allow the visitor to enter the building. The systems were installed at many schools across the district.

“After students enter the building at the beginning of the school day, all exterior doors remain locked until dismissal,” said Superintendent Dr. Chrys Sweeting. “This system provides increased security for our students and staff.”

“One of the great things about the system is we can help a parent even before they get to the front desk,” said Haller Middle School Registrar, Melissa Bowden. “For instance, if a parent needs to talk to a teacher, we can buzz the parent in and contact the teacher before the parent even gets to the office. It allows us to streamline our process to be more responsive to parent needs.”

Bowden said she’s received very positive feedback from parents and other visitors. They say the entry system is very noticeable, easy to use and doesn’t create much of a delay when entering the school.

“I feel this is a step in the right direction to further protect students and staff,” said Mary Levesque, a parent who has children at the elementary, middle and high school levels in Arlington. “I’m always reassured that the district has processes and procedures in place to keep my kids safe.”