Santa Cruz City Schools to unveil new safety lockdown system when school begins this week

Central Coast school administrators have been working to improve school safety as students return to school. Now, one district can lock down a single classroom or an entire school remotely. “It’s just a simple tap and then it opens and then it locks automatically” said, Bay Elementary School Principal Renee Golder.The Secure-All System can lock and unlock a school classroom door. When activated, it can also lock down individual classrooms and entire school buildings remotely.”The ability for a teacher to lock down their own building immediately and then depending on how we program, it whether it’s two, three, four, or five sort of sequential lockdowns, then that would trigger an automatic lockdown throughout the entire school,” said Trevor Miller, Santa Cruz County Facilities Director.It’s a cloud-based system that’s been on the drawing board for the last three years but is being implemented this year. “We’re relying on data that shows that no school attacker has ever breached a locked door. They don’t bother to do it and we’re making it as easy as possible for anyone or staff to quickly lock down areas to keep students safe,” said Sam Rolens, Communications Chief of Santa Cruz City Schools.Funding comes from bond measures A and B passed by voters in 2016.”I really think the general public should be lobbying at the Federal level that these should be installed in schools across the nation. It shouldn’t have to be a local expense,” said Golder.The Santa Cruz County Office of Education Superintendent Faris Sabbah says all districts and charter schools are required to participate in monthly training as well.”We’re going to increase our capacity to any kind of emergency, whether it’s a fire or earthquake or active shooter. I think communication is really key in having those systems in place,” said Sabbah.The smart remote locking system is going to be installed at all 10 school sites in the Santa Cruz City Schools District beginning with elementary schools.

Central Coast school administrators have been working to improve school safety as students return to school. Now, one district can lock down a single classroom or an entire school remotely.

“It’s just a simple tap and then it opens and then it locks automatically” said, Bay Elementary School Principal Renee Golder.

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The Secure-All System can lock and unlock a school classroom door. When activated, it can also lock down individual classrooms and entire school buildings remotely.

“The ability for a teacher to lock down their own building immediately and then depending on how we program, it whether it’s two, three, four, or five sort of sequential lockdowns, then that would trigger an automatic lockdown throughout the entire school,” said Trevor Miller, Santa Cruz County Facilities Director.

It’s a cloud-based system that’s been on the drawing board for the last three years but is being implemented this year.

“We’re relying on data that shows that no school attacker has ever breached a locked door. They don’t bother to do it and we’re making it as easy as possible for anyone or staff to quickly lock down areas to keep students safe,” said Sam Rolens, Communications Chief of Santa Cruz City Schools.

Funding comes from bond measures A and B passed by voters in 2016.

“I really think the general public should be lobbying at the Federal level that these should be installed in schools across the nation. It shouldn’t have to be a local expense,” said Golder.

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education Superintendent Faris Sabbah says all districts and charter schools are required to participate in monthly training as well.

“We’re going to increase our capacity to any kind of emergency, whether it’s a fire or earthquake or active shooter. I think communication is really key in having those systems in place,” said Sabbah.

The smart remote locking system is going to be installed at all 10 school sites in the Santa Cruz City Schools District beginning with elementary schools.

Contributed by local news sources

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