Woodland Public Schools makes security improvements to its campuses

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New security improvements ensure all visitors must check in at main offices before entering schools

Throughout the summer, Woodland Public Schools introduced and installed new security improvements to its campuses to improve student and staff safety throughout the district. All projects are scheduled for completion prior to the start of the 2015-16 school year.

 

New entrances will ensure visitors and late students must check in at the main office of each school
New entrances will ensure visitors and late students must check in at the main office of each school

 

After the school day begins, all district buildings will have locked exterior entrances with the only unlocked entrances for each building leading to the main office of each school, with the exception being Yale School which has a doorbell. Students and staff may exit the building from any door during the course of a normal school day, however no one will be able to enter the buildings without first checking in at the main office.

 

New fencing will be installed at Woodland Middle School which will allow students to exit but no one may enter
New fencing will be installed at Woodland Middle School which will allow students to exit but no one may enter

 

"By requiring all visitors and late students to enter through the main office, we ensure school personnel know exactly who is on campus at all times," said Michael Green, Superintendent of Woodland Public Schools. "Student and staff safety is the top priority of Woodland Public Schools and these improvements will go a long way to making sure our schools are as safe as possible."

Security improvements include:

  • At Woodland Primary School, the main office will be relocated to the main entrance of the school with a brand-new entrance. The old school office was located within the school itself, permitting visitors access to classrooms and the gymnasium prior to checking in at the main office.
  • The old high school is now the Woodland Middle School with a new entrance created where the assistant principal's office was previously located. This change creates a security corridor for entering visitors where they must check in at the main office window prior to gaining access to the school. In addition, fencing will be installed around the school to enclose the campus. The fencing features exits for students, but no one will be able to enter the school through the fences.
  • The old middle school has become the new location for the Woodland District Office and now features a new main entrance creating a secure access point requiring visitors to check in before gaining access to the campus.
  • The new Woodland High School, opening at the start of school, features state-of-the-art security including nearly 100 security cameras to track student and visitor movement; automatic lockdown of exterior doors following the start of the school day; and the ability for the administrative team and secretaries to lockdown the entire school remotely.

"The construction for these projects will be underway throughout the month of August and into early September, so we ask that community members pardon our dust and be patient as school offices may be temporarily relocated during student enrollment," said Green.