This security measure is meant to be there for the safety of the students so that people who enter the school can be monitored. The push for higher security came after the Columbine shooting. The shooting exposed the need for better protection for the students in public school.
There are both positive and negatives to the new system of security. It has been a good way to keep track of students and keep them safe. Groundskeeper, Mark Ashby says, “ We can track intruders or students from start to finish when they enter the school grounds.” This is a prime way to keep track of students, both to keep them and their belongs safe.
However, one negative of this system is that students who are in after school activities can not alway get into the school building when it’s needed. A recent example would be during play practices, techies who come and go with props from the school have a hard time getting back in each time unless the advisor unlocks the entrance. While being safer for students, the security system remains inconvenient. There are doors all around the school that have become inconsequential to anyone but teachers. A solution could be to set up a system like at the middle school and the front office where we can buzz in, or use student ID’s.
Each teacher has an ID badge that allows them into the building, it would be possible to do the same with students. Each student receives a school ID every year, if it was possible, those could be used as a way to allow students into the building while still being able to keep track of each person who enters, as well as still keep intruders out. I believe this solution could settle a lot of the on going frustration throughout the student body, as they could then enter doors they are closest to. This would also make parking less of an issue, because a large part of the problem is the vicinity to the school build. Having access to other entrances to the school then allows each student to have closer access to the school without needing to add more parking. However, this solution could have a downfall of cost and possibly the need for someone to supervise door access requests, which is an understandable con that would need to be very highly considered.