Final single-point entrances at Georgetown ISD schools nearing completion
When school begins Aug. 16 for Georgetown ISD, all school visitors will have to go through a new single-point entry system before getting access beyond the main entrance of a school.
"The person will take the driver's license, and then the receptionist will scan that through the raptor system -- a computerized system that then does a background check for them through a central clearing house," said David Bieshuvel, Executive Director of Facilities and Construction at Georgetown ISD.
Before the construction began at two of GISD's high schools this summer, visitors would hand the the receptions their ID to get checked and then walk past a desk.
But now, "The framing in the hallway there will soon have glass windows," Beishuvel said.
It will also have doors that will be locked at all times until the receptionist pushes a button that allows the visitor in.
"So truly visitors can't get through this area unless they've gone through the appropriate background screening," said Melinda Brasher, Spokesperson for Georgetown ISD.
The district has already installed the entrances in all of their newly constructed schools.
The new entrances at two high schools are expected to be complete by the time students return.
"With the heightened awareness that we've seen over the past several months to years, incidents at different facilities, that certainly raises the interest level here," Bieshuvel said.
Georgetown ISD is using $430,000 in funds from the 2015 school bond to pay for the entrances.