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Sioux Falls School District beefing up security

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Last month we brought you to Canton High School, where school officials showed us some of the increased measures they're taking to keep students and staff during the school day. 

The renovations will update security standards at 11 Sioux Falls Schools. Seven elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools will get money to make the upgrades.

Roosevelt High School is just one of those schools.

Roosevelt High School Principal Tim Hazlett walks the halls with the school's SRO Officer several times a day. He says it is his duty to keep all 2,100 students feeling safe at school.

"So it'll just be -- you can go in the first set of doors and then you need to be buzzed into either an office entrance or into the general school -- which means we do need to have someone manning that all the time so that the community members and people needing to get in and out of the building can," said Hazlett.

Right now, there is one single entry point that's unlocked on the outside. That door is manned at all times. The rest of the doors around the building are locked.

"We have a security person that will be the check-in person. He sits there right now but the new thing will be that he'll be in between the two doors facing that way so he's the person that can beep them in. It is the fact that it's proactive more than the fact that we never want to be reactive to it. We want to make sure that we're taking the precautions we want so that we can feel free to have it be a school that feels like a school and be a good community so we don't ever have to be in a situation where we have to react to an unfortunate incident," said Hazlett.

KSFY learned that much of the construction will begin this summer and be completed in time for the start of the school year this fall. The rest should be finished by the start of the 2015 school year.


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