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Commerce ISD amping up security measures with technology


Commerce Independent School District will soon be making their campuses more secure using technology.

Throughout the coming weeks, workers will begin installation of a buzzer system at the front entrances of each campus. These systems will be equipped with two-way video/audio connection to the front office, allowing campus staff to see and speak with the person at the door, while still being at the safety of his/her desk.

These buzzers will be in affect after the first bell rings at each campus. Visitors will have to press the entry button, and wait for a two-way video link to open. The person at the desk will then ask for their name and the reason of their visit, and will then decide whether to grant them entrance to the building or not.

In a press release sent out by Commerce Independent School district, Superintendent Blake Cooper says, " CISD is tightening up procedures to ensure campus administrators know who is in their buildings. Parents and community volunteers will continue to be welcomed into the schools, but the buzzer entry systems will be the first line of defense to ensure people with no business at the schools are denied entrance."

These buzzers are not yet installed at the campuses, but district officials say that parents will be notified via the School Messenger system, and by notes sent home with students when the buzzers are to be completed and active.