Students in Fluvanna elementary and middle schools are safer now thanks to a new secure entry system.
Frank Leech, director of student services for Fluvanna County schools, described the new process. “It includes a buzzer system where the doors are locked and visitors buzz the main office. It has a camera and the secretary can then see them and identify them and release the door for them to come into the building.”
People wanting to enter the schools must now have a photo ID with them and must present it before they will be allowed into the building. “Parents are requested to have a photo ID ready when they come to the schools.” Leech said that a driver’s license or photo work ID are acceptable forms of identification.
He added that the buzzers are just the first part of an ongoing plan to ensure Fluvanna students are kept out of harm’s way. “We are also looking at doing some restructuring within the entrances of the schools as well, so anyone entering the schools will be funneled into the main office.”
Fluvanna Middle School Principal Brad Stang was pleased to see the new security system put into place, and said he gave the new system “A thumbs up right away,” when he heard they were going to be installed. “I come from a district that had the same system in place,” said Stang. “It is one more layer of security for our students.”
When asked what parents thought of the new procedures, Stang said “Offhand, I haven’t heard any negative feedback here or at any other school I have ever been at – I never heard anything negative,” he said.
Kate and Rob Urry, whose son William is a kindergartener at West Central Primary, appreciate the new security. “I like the idea of a record of who is entering the building,” said Kate Urry. “At West Central Primary, you were supposed to go into the main office and sign in, but some people were not aware of that or were only stepping into the first room in the hallway and skipped that step.” She added that the new check-in process doesn’t seem as if it will take any more time than signing in did in the past.
“I have worked for companies with far more advanced security measures,” said Rob Urry, “to protect things far less important than our children.”