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La Crosse Schools have safety protocol in place in case of emergencies

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – In case violence were to break out in La Crosse, the school district has several safety precautions in place to help keep students safe.

Over the past five years the district has made it a priority to make sure school entryways are secure.

That includes locking the doors during school hours, implementing a door-bell like system.

If a guest wants to get into the school, he or she rings the doorbell, the person at the front desk can see who's at the door, and decide whether to grant access.

It's a procedure already implemented at all elementary and most middle school levels. And it will be put into place at the rest of the schools with new referendum money.

For the schools that do not have the doorbell system yet, the district has monitors by each door to make sure no unwanted person can enter, according to Regina Siegel, director of Pupil Services & Learning Supports for La Crosse Schools.

Each school is also equipped with security cameras that patch directly to police. If an intruder is in the school, police can see what's happening inside in real-time.

And the district runs lockdown drills with staff and students to be sure they know how to respond if an intruder entered the schools, according to Siegel.

"Although (drills) may seem to some folks that they're unnecessary, we find out when there are tragic situations... how necessary they really are and we pride ourselves on preparing our staff and students in case there would be that unfortunate event such as (what) happened today,” Siegel said.

As an extra safety precaution, La Crosse Schools are working on changing the entryways for elementary and middle school buildings.

If a guest enters the school, they'll be forced to go through the main office and sign in before gaining access to the students.
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