As kids get ready to go back to school, one district has been gearing up all summer long.
The PHM school district has made some major renovations to make it safer.
The most dramatic changes were at the elementary schools with a three level approach.
When visitors enter, they must be buzzed in twice.
Plus now visitors must present a driver's license that will be scanned to be used as a visitor's pass and to screen possible sex offenders.
The renovations are being done at nine elementary schools that were built around an open space educational model emphasized more than thirty years ago.
Now that philosophy has changed so open spaces are being closed with walls and doors and can be locked down remotely. At Walt Disney Elementary doors have been installed in all of the classrooms, replacing the sliding ones.
“When we think about having great academic environments it has to be conducive to learning,” says PHM school superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker. “So we want to make sure our students are physically and psychologically safe. That also means the staff also have to feel physically and psychologically safe.”
The district also installed 3M film windows at all of the schools.
They are basically thicker windows, providing more security and protection against vandalism or gunfire.