Security at Schools

March 09, 2017 07:53 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) – After a criminal incident at a school in the Twin Cities involving a visitor, we took a look at one local area school to see their procedure on letting people into the building.

We learned that it’s a process for any visitor to get access into Bear Cave Intermediate School in Stewartville.


Classes just started at the brand new school in the fall. Officials say security was a priority when they constructed the new building.

“Every step that we can take to guarantee the parent that we are doing everything we can do to keep your child safe while they are in our care,” says Loren Kiefer.

Kiefer is the director of technology for the school district. He says visitors are first required stop at the front door and tell the front office why that need to get into the building.

“It’s nice to be able to see the person outside the door. If I’m not comfortable, I won’t let them in. If they come in here and seem agitated or anything then I would get help,” said administrative assistant Maryan Gisler.

Gisler says visitors also have to scan their driver's license where a system can determine if the person has a no contact order with a student.

“If there’s some legal document looking for this person that would pop up here because it’s all hooked up to their license,” added Gisler.

There’s also plenty of eyes in the sky, Kiefer says more than 70 cameras scatter the building.

“We have a complete 360 degree view of the outside of our property,” added Kiefer.

Kiefer says visitors are required to leave any items in the front office. He also says they keep all doors locked during school hours.

“If a door does open for any reason at all an alarm goes off in the front office and they are able to go to that space and see what occurred but we do also have security cameras on every external door to our facility,” says Kiefer.


Karsen Forsman

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