Tupelo High School increases security

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Updated: 7/26/2013 9:43 am
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-- On Thursday, workers were putting the finishing touches on wiring for a new security system that will make Tupelo High School a safer place for students, staff and visitors.

"In the Spring of last  school year we re-evaluated the safety and security of all of our buildings. At that point we installed a buzzer system to gain access to the front door of every Pre-K through 8th grade building," said Assistant Superintendent for the Tupelo Public School District, Matthew Dillion.

Tupelo High School was the only school in the district that did not have the buzzer system in place until now.

At the beginning of this school year, visitors will not be able to enter the main building before first speaking with the office.

There will also be a new system in place to secure the other buildings on the high school campus.

"The High School was unique, because of the layout of the campus.  It is not all under one roof so from there we had to make sure we did our research," said Dillion.

Dillion says they checked other schools, businesses and churches before finding a system that would be both secure and functional for the High School.

"To gain access to any of the buildings across campus, teachers will have to have an access card or proximity card to gain access. Of course, during class changes, we have the authority to open up all doors to allow students to gain access from
building to building.

Parents and students of TPS may be wondering about access to buildings during instructional hours.

The assistant superintendent says there will be an access card on hall passes and visitors will have an access pass set on a timer.
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