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Fri August 22, 2014
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Complete Security Update
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School District has finished a more than $600,000 security upgrade at the district’s 43 elementary schools, an effort that started last spring as the school system began installing cameras at the front entrance to each of its elementary schools.
Each school now has eight security cameras with some wired to support more.
According to Fox 8 News, all visitors must now ring a buzzer to get inside the elementary schools.
Theo Helm with the school district says the cameras are part of a larger safety overhaul. Police can access them through any remote computer, and the new software allows them to see digital floor-plans.
The school district also spent $30,000 this summer to number each of its elementary classroom windows with stickers that allow administrators and officers to quickly identify rooms from the outside of buildings, in the event of an any emergencies.
The Winston-Salem Forsyth County school system is exploring adding the same camera systems to all of its middle schools and high schools.