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New Security Measures Implemented in some Wicomico County Schools

Posted: Sep 12, 2018 4:29 PM -04:00 Updated:
Parkside High School Parkside High School


SALISBURY, Md.- When it comes to schools, safety always comes first. That's why some Wicomico County Schools are implementing new safety measures at its entrances.

"We have brand new beautiful and safer vestibule for our students," explains Parkside High School Principal Kim Pinhey.

The new entryway is designed to make visitors go to the main office, before they can interact with students.

"When they come into our office, we then can determine whether their purpose is to go out and meet with students," explains Pinhey.

The school also has a new ID-scanning system, named raptor, that provides key information to the staff including if the person visiting is allowed to be around children.

"It allows us to have some security clearance," says Wicomico County School Safety Coordinator David Owens. "If a person is on a sex offenders registry it will pop up in the system and immediately let us that, then we will deal with appropriately.," he added.

And this makes some parents feel better about the safety of their kids

"It's safer for students, safer for staff and for parents. I think it's a wonderful idea," says Natashia Purnell, mother of an eleventh-grade student.

Bennett middle and high school,WiHi, Choices Academy, and Wes Salisbury elementary, are also equipped with similar vestibules.

The goal is to, eventually, have the system implemented in every school in the county.

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