Oklahoma Elementary Schools Install Buzzer Systems at Entrances

Oklahoma Elementary Schools Install Buzzer Systems at Entrances

"[The buzzer system] allows us to see and talk to whoever wants to enter the building, if we need to see an ID they can hold up an ID we can take a picture of that," Campus Police Chief Samuel Brown said.

Two elementary schools in Catoosa, Okla., have added security systems to their campuses to allow staff members to see visitors before buzzing them into the building.

Campus police at Cherokee Elementary felt that the campus needed to add a layer of access control.

"[The buzzer system] allows us to see and talk to whoever wants to enter the building, if we need to see an ID they can hold up an ID we can take a picture of that," Campus Police Chief Samuel Brown said.

Previously, it was more difficult for staff to see who was entering the campus, according to Denise Carlton, who has worked at Cherokee Elementary’s front office for 15 years.  

"The building is older and the way it was set up, it was hard for me to see parents coming in, so I didn’t always know who was coming in," Carlton said. “I would take it so personal if something were to happen to these children.”

Carlton said the school’s new buzzer system makes the campus feel more secure.

"I’m able to verify who they are and buzz them in, so I know I can keep the children as secure and as safe as I can," Carlton said.

The district has 2,400 students, and school officials want to make sure children, staff and visitors all feel safe, Brown said.

Helen Paul Learning Center also recently installed the new buzzer system.

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