NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - Visitors to Noblesville Schools will face increased security measures when students head back to class next week.
The biggest change for visitors – including parents – will be a secure vestibule in each school where they'll have to wait to be buzzed into the front office.
As a first-time visitor, once the receptionist verifies you have a reason to be in the school, you'll be allowed into the front office where you'll be required to present identification. The information will be entered into a computer database. Your picture will be taken and then printed onto a visitor pass.
"We have hired extra receptionists to help make this happen," said Mark Booth, director of Student Services. "We've put part-time receptionists in our elementary schools to make things go a little quicker and smoother."
"I think it's a great precaution," said Jack Lawrence, principal at Hinkle Creek Elementary School. "Certainly after the Connecticut tragedy last year, all schools are doing whatever they can."
The changes are similar to those taking place in time for school to start in nearby Lebanon where school officials are finishing up a multi-million dollar renovation with security in mind. Visitors there must present an ID for a criminal history check.
"We have this in all six of our schools," said Noblesville Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor.
"We're talking about children and we're talking about our future and we really believe that keeping them safe has to be our first priority," Booth said.
"I think it's a great thing," said Melissa Flanagan, who has two children in school. "You just never know nowadays. I mean there could be anybody walking around and it's a great thing that they respect and want to treasure my children as much as I treasure them."
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