SPRINGFIELD, Mo- Pershing K-8 school started using its new two-point security system today.
The security system is part of Springfield Public School’s proposition S projects, to add secure entrances to all 31 sites.
Pershing’s secure entrance completion was right on schedule with all the promised projects being delivered on time and on budget. Pershing’s secure entrance, finished Monday, also marks the first phase of secure entrances.
“All of our buildings are secure in terms of having locked doors. But some of those buildings because they’re various ages and construction design did not have two points of entry. So once a guest was buzzed into the building, they may or may not be close to the office and have full access to the building,” says Stephen Hall, Chief Communications Officer, SPS.
According to Pershing Principal Ryan Savage, the school had two ways to get to the main office.
“They could choose to go up the stairs, they could choose to go down this hallway,” said Savage.
But with the new security system, you need to be verified with the secretary before even entering the building.
“If they need access to the building, they can check in with our visitor management system, right over here, scans their driver’s license, issues them a visitor’s badge, and then our secretary determines when they get buzzed out,” says Savage.
“When someone is buzzed into the building, they’re in the office and they have an opportunity to check in with the person in the office face to face, and receive their visitor badge before they’re allowed to continue into the building,” says Hall.
Savage says the staff is grateful for the new system.
“This has been so well-received from staff. Because it really helps day-to-day operations, verifying that we know who’s in the building, and how we can best support their business in the building, it really is a peace of mind for us on a day-to-day operation standpoint.”
The second phase will start immediately and will finish in August of 2020.
Other projects include the Delaware school being newly constructed, the new early childhood center, and the expansion and renovation of Sunshine Elementary.