Buzzers To Help Hilliard Schools Track Visitors

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Hilliard City Schools plans to install new security measures at all 14 of its elementary schools by the new year.

Officials said that they want to know who is in their buildings at all times, and plans to install buzzers to let visitors and parents in the buildings.

The buzzer at Ridgewood Elementary School was installed over Thanksgiving and the others plan to be installed before students return from winter break, CrimeTracker 10's Maureen Kocot said.

Suann Rio, whose daughter attends Ridgewood, said that she asked staff when a security system would be installed when she enrolled her daughter at the school last year.

"I was a little uneasy when I brought her here first to sign up and I saw that people could just  come in and out," Rio said.

With the new buzzers, each person who visits the building will have to be buzzed in, including parents and students who are late to school, Kocot reported.

Ridgewood Elementary principal Tamar Campbell-Sauer said that safety is the school's first priority.

"Everything we do is about the safety of the kids," Campbell-Sauer said. "So (this is) just one more piece of that puzzle in making sure our kids are safe all the time."

Hilliard officials said that the buzzers were not the result of any security breaches, Kocot reported.

Hilliard City Schools will return from winter break Tuesday, Jan. 3.

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