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Schools have stepped up security

October 17, 2006

Visitors to Washington County's public schools these days are likely to be met by employees or volunteers staffing the doors.

They'll be asked to sign in and out and wear badges while in the building.

Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said Tuesday the school system is making access more restrictive to keep schools safe.

All doors are kept locked, she said.

Morgan and Assistant Superintendent for School Operations Boyd Michael on Tuesday explained the security plans to the Washington County Commissioners.

The school system has said the beefed-up security is in response to the recent school shootings in Colorado, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

By the end of the school year, all schools will have a key card, buzz-in and video camera systems in place, Morgan said.

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The security equipment will replace the employees and volunteers keeping watch at the doors, she said.

The school system has created a Web site detailing safety measures in the schools and what parents can do to prepare for emergencies.

That Web site is www.wcboe.k12.md.us/content/sch_safety.cfm.

Morgan told the County Commissioners that the School Board planned to hire a safety and security risk manager later in the day.

? Tara Reilly

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