As nearly 280,000 Idaho public school students return to class Monday after an extended holiday break, some North Idaho schools are also ushering in a new era of school safety. This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the Coeur d'Alene School District will have new security features in place, beginning Jan. 6.
Among the changes: All buildings in the district now have new intercoms and security cameras to help control access to the buildings. The Press reports that at the beginning of each school day, all doors to the schools will be locked to outside entry, with access to buildings only available through main entrances. Visitors will be required to use the intercoms to identify themselves and the purpose of their visit.
The Press reports that video surveillance is also being installed on each of the Coeur d'Alene district's 66 school buses.
Many of the administrative offices in the district schools are also being re-engineered so that officials can have a direct line of sight to the front doors of the building.
Most of the equipment and infrastructure is being paid for through a $1.4 million tax levy approved by voters in March 2013.