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Onalaska schools update security system

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ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – In an effort to improve school security, the Onalaska School District is updating the schools' security system.

It involves locking all doors and installing an entrance camera.

Eagle Bluff Elementary became the first school to make the change Monday.

But the locked doors caused some confusion at the school.

"With multiple doors, making sure people know which door to actually pull on (is something we need to work on)," said Principal Todd Saner.

There are always a few kinks when the school installs a new system, he added. "We just want to keep track of who's here, what's going on in the building."

Before Monday, a person could walk into Eagle Bluff and just sign in at the front office.

People still need to sign in, but the new system also requires people to ring a doorbell.

Then the school secretary can see who wants to enter the building though a camera monitor, and can choose whether to grant access.

"Everyone who is in the building, except for the students, is going to be identified," said Larry Dalton, director of finance and business services for the School District of Onalaska.

The $100,000 project even requires teachers to scan a photo ID badge to get into the building, he added.

Signs are on the way to make the rules clear.

"In other schools it's not so obvious where the front door is," Dalton said.

As a principle, Saner just hopes the system keeps his students safe.

"I think the main thing is we know, with more certainty, who is in our building," Saner said.

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