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Florence schools install new entry system

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The new card-swipe system leaves one main entry for parents and visitors. The new card-swipe system leaves one main entry for parents and visitors.
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

The Florence city school district is beefing up security in a proactive approach to campus safety. The measures come after a father brought a gun to school while eating lunch with his child last month.

In addition to having a school resource officer at every school, district leaders are implementing a card swipe entry system. It's just another way they can ensure safety at school.

Superintendent Dr. Janet Womack said the new entry system gives parents and visitors a single access point. "This will allow a constant monitoring of that door through a voice system, and ensure that individuals are buzzed in, then the doors will immediately lock behind them," she said.

Womack said the new entry system has been discussed for several months, and that the school board recently approved their installation. School officials hope their proactive approach will help ensure safety for everyone.

"We welcome our parents and our community to be engaged in our instruction. This is not an effort to keep them out, this is just an effort to continue to make sure our campuses are safe," said Womack.

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