MASON CITY, Iowa – School is back in session, and parents have a lot to think about. Those thoughts include just how secure are things are at their children’s school. One local district had that in mind as well, and they have added extra security for the start of the new school year. Four area elementary schools in the Mason City Community School District bumped up their security.
Roosevelt, Hoover, Harding, and Jefferson Elementary schools all received an entrance makeover. New features include key fob entry for staff members and video cameras, which allow office staff to see who is coming and going. The most significant change is now everyone must first pass through the main office during regular school hours before heading into other parts of the building. One district official says this should put parent’s more at ease.
“I think for parents, it’s the concept that I can drop my kids off at school, and I know that they’re going to be safe. They have procedures. They have things in place to enhance that safety for kids. That will hopefully lower their level of concern about what’s going on at school,” says Assistant Superintendent, Hal Minear.
All four entrances in each school were completed over the recent summer months. So far, they have heard only positive feed back from parents.