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All doors at Collier schools will be locked beginning next year

Posted at 6:47 PM, Apr 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-11 18:47:54-04

Collier County Schools Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton announced new security procedures for all 50 of the district's public schools.

The most noticeable will be a call box outside each school that parents and visitors will have to use to get inside

"When the front office staff acknowledges a visitor is at the door, the guest will be asked for their name, the reason for their visit, which may include their child's name, and all visitors will be asked to display a photo identification to the camera," said Dr. Patton.

Visitors will still have to check in at the front desk and receive a visitor's badge.

The new lock and entry system will cost $500,000 and Patton says the district is footing the entire bill.

Additionally a new radio system will be installed allowing district staff, law enforcement and first responders to be on the same frequency.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office will place extra deputies in some schools depending on their size, but Patton did not specify which schools will be getting them.

"Two of our elementary schools have two buildings, so when we say site, there is one at each site," said Patton.

Patton says the district does not qualify for a program which allows teachers and staff to be armed, since there are already deputies in Collier Schools.

The Guardian program was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott last month.