|Posted on 3/5/2018 7:16:00 AM.|
|(Seguin) -- The Seguin ISD is continuing its ongoing plan to tighten up and secure its facilities. As part of its proactive approach to an active shooter event and the district's overall safety, the Seguin ISD Board of Trustees Tuesday approved an architectural and engineering design services contract with Pfluger Associates for the construction of security vestibules at both Jim Barnes and A.J. Briesemeister middle schools. |
Kirsten Legore, the executive director of student support services, says Breezy and Barnes are the final schools to be fitted with the secured space at the entrance of the campus. She says the approval of the contract will finally help wrap up the construction of vestibules at each of the local campuses.
"We've also made significant safety improvements and upgrades to campus facilities by creating safety vestibules at all elementary campuses and providing card readers for staff entry and the Raptor visitor management software to restrict campus access to only identified and approved people and then the new high school was a huge safety improvement from the prior high school campus and it now includes the restricted safety entrance and vestibule area. The middle schools are next to secure the perimeters -- the front office area and have restricted access with card readers as well and the plan is to complete construction by the end of the upcoming summer so that for the upcoming school year, both middle schools then will be as safe as our elementary and high school," said Legore.
She says the local elementary schools were outfitted with the vestibules soon after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012. District officials say because the high school and middle schools had the security of campus officers, the district at that time felt it was important to first safeguard each elementary school. Of course, the construction of the new high school warranted all the latest security measures -- allowing the district to now secure and focus on the safety of the middle schools.
The vestibules are described as secured spaces with two or more sets of doors and an office sign-in area. Once a visitor has signed in and has been identified as an authorized visitor, the doors from the sign-in area to the school are electronically unlocked.
In addition to the added security of knowing who is visiting the school, district officials say the vestibule also serves as a single point of entrance for students who are late to school or coming from an appointment. That entrance is described as critical so that all other doors remain locked throughout the campus.
The issue of providing this single point of entrance at the middle schools was also part of an overall list of security measures shared with the public. The list was shared during Tuesday's meeting in hopes of answering questions and addressing any local concern. District officials say they are committed to staying one step ahead in ensuring safety and doing all that they can to help deter such tragic events from happening here.