SHALLOWATER, TX (KCBD) - Shallowater ISD has installed a new security system and implemented new lockout policies to keep students safe during the school day.
After the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, SISD says it's time to be more proactive - each of its school buildings will become a lockout facility after the morning tardy bell.
"Prior to this initiative, our main entrances to each of our campuses were unlocked all day. It was a point of access that created a safety concern," SISD Superintendent Kenny Border said. "In order to address that concern, we increased our technological capabilities within our district."
Shallowater ISD started the new security measures with its middle school and will continue until all SISD school buildings are under this new system.
"Our students at the middle school are now in a locked-in situation where there's no access from the outside of the building to the inside of the building without using the system," Border said.
The system is an intercom and emergency alert system all in one.
"Safety of our students, faculty, and staff is of the utmost importance for Shallowater ISD with recent happenings across the country," Border said. "We continuously look to see where we can better improve our safety for our kids."
It's a big change for parents, but Ricky Wilks says he is relieved to see more security for his child who attends SISD.
"It was kind of like a weight off my shoulders, because I know what the capabilities of this system are. It's by far one of the most advanced in the country," Wilks said. "The security part, the lockdown feature for this system is second to none."
The new intercom also works as a lockdown system. In case of emergency, all Shallowater school buildings will be able to lock the school down with a push of a button and communicate with each classroom.