School security desk good idea

Protection is always worth the price when lives are at stake. In the weekend edition of The Outlook, we wrote about Stephens Elementary School principal Mary Holloway announcing plans for a security desk at the entrance of the school. Near the end of this week, the school will start renovating the long front entrance to […]

Protection is always worth the price when lives are at stake. In the weekend edition of The Outlook, we wrote about Stephens Elementary School principal Mary Holloway announcing plans for a security desk at the entrance of the school.

Near the end of this week, the school will start renovating the long front entrance to include a security entrance for visitors to sign into before reaching the front office. Holloway said visitors will have their IDs scanned and their information will be uploaded to the school’s online system.

Visitors will then have to sign in at the front office for record keeping.

“It saves time and it makes the visit so much more efficient for the parents,” Holloway said. “It makes it so much more formal for the parent and then it makes the community aware that we are keeping our kids safe here at school.”

Stephens Elementary recently added school resource officer David Johnson from the Alexander City Police Department. He splits his time at Stephens and Jim Pearson Elementary School.

Holloway said Stephens decided on the renovation after Johnson joined the staff.

We think the new additions to security are great. You can never be too cautious when it comes to school safety.

Stephens isn’t the first school to plan an ID scanner and online check-in, but it is still a smart way to add protection. Lives are precious and this just makes them a little more secure at schools.

SROs also add security from threats that can happen inside the school and deter bad behavior. The SRO’s priority is students, faculty and staff; with Johnson around there’s a second line of security in addition to this desk.

“With police presence, people stay calm and feel safe,” Holloway said.

We applaud Stephens for taking the initiative and we wish Johnson good luck with working at both Pearson and Stephens.