By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Four elementary schools to pilot new safety initiative

As part of its ongoing focus on safety, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) will begin a pilot at four elementary schools the week of September 2nd. 

The four elementary schools‹ Lawrenceville, Rock Springs, Annistown, and Shiloh‹ will pilot a new visitor management system, which calls for greater door control at the primary entrances to the school. Once the school day begins, school doors will be locked and visitors will need to press a button on a control panel to gain entry to the school. The control panel includes a video camera that allows staff inside the school to see who is at the door. Upon entering the school, visitors will follow the normal visitor procedures, signing in and showing identification to receive a visitor's badge.

“We are excited to pilot this initiative in these four schools as we believe it will enhance the safety and security of both students and staff,” says Chief Wayne Rikard. “The pilot process is critical as it will provide critical information about the equipment and process that will allow us to make better decisions as we look to expand the pilot across the district to other elementary schools.”

So, what does this new system mean for students and parents at the four pilot elementary schools?

   1. During normal arrival and dismissal times there will be no change.

   2. Once the school day begins, our doors will be locked and visitors will need to press the bell button to gain entry to the school. (If your child arrives late to school, you must come to the office to  sign in your child. Please do not drop off your child after the start of school and allow him or her to come to the locked entrance alone.)

   3. Upon entering the school, visitors will follow our normal visitor procedure and sign in to receive a Visitor's Badge.

   4. When visitors are ready to leave, they should exit the school building through the main entrance and officially check out.