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Improvements Coming for School Safety in El Dorado

All visitors must now present identification before being allowed inside school buildings.
EL DORADO, AR (KTVE) - Being able to walk directly into a school is a thing of the past.

Now, you must be scanned in.

"This summer we have installed our security system in our primary building. That security system scans for registered sex offenders and prevents them from having access to our students," says Powell.

Melissa Powell, Principal of Yocum Elementary and Yocum Primary, says parents will have to get used to this new system.

"At first, it's just becoming familiar with the new system, and understanding that they have to have their identification every time they come into the building, and if they don't have it, then we can't give them their child and they can't gain access to the building," says Powell.

When you walk in, you will now have to present your I.D. From there, it is scanned and filtered through a system. When it is approved, a name tag prints out listing where in the building you will be headed.

Administration tells us that with the new cameras, the police department has the capability to view inside of the schools. Also, with new radios, administration can dial into a certain channel to have constant communication with the police.

Administrators say these changes will lead to a safer school environment.
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