Additional security measures are being implemented at Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC). After approximately April 20th, anyone visiting the schools or administration will be required to press a “call button” to state their name and purpose before being “buzzed in” to enter the front office. The second security upgrade provides new photo identification (ID) cards for all staff. Staff will “swipe” these ID cards through card readers at specific doors, allowing access into the appropriate building.
The new call buttons for visitors are only at the main entrance of each building, door #1. The call buttons have been placed prior to the front office entrance in a vestibule area, so visitors are out of the weather when announcing their name and purpose. When a visitor presses the call button, the front desk receives a phone call to talk to the visitor. Staff will then allow the visitor access to the front office. The approximate date for this to be ready for public use is Monday, April 20, 2015.
Staff’s new photo ID cards will allow access into the building via card readers on about half of each school buildings’ exterior doors. Specific access times and days will be programmed for the ID cards based on staff’s purpose/position. It will be mandatory for staff to wear their ID cards when on property to help differentiate staff from visitors. Should a staff lose or have their card stolen, the access can be eliminated by administration. The approximate date for staff to receive their cards is April 30, 2015.
Many school districts are moving to these same protective security measures. Post Sandy Hook, schools have increased security to protect the students, the office staff (who are often the first responders) and all building staff.
These security upgrades are provided by a $90,000 matching grant from the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant with $45,000 provided by MVCSC. The funds also allowed MVCSC to retain their school resource officer.
Greg Rollo, Director of Technology, states “In today’s world we have to prepare for the .0001% chance of a major security breach. Although it may be a small inconvenience for visitors to be buzzed in, these measures demonstrate that Mt. Vernon’s first priority is keeping the students and staff safe.”