EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV) -- The Edwardsville School District has announced a plan to beef up security at schools throughout the district.
The move is in response to the killings on December 14 at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Ct.
School officials said some of the changes are already in place and others will be implemented in the next couple months.
The school district says it has installed new classroom door locks and a panic alarm will be installed at each school by the end of this month. The new locks will allow teachers to lock doors from the inside.
Access to elementary schools will be more restrictive under the new measures. Updated floor plans will be provided to all law enforcement so police will also be able to access the schools’ security cameras.
In addition, all school buildings will have remote door access with surveillance cameras. All district employees will be required to wear identification badges while on the premises. Starting next year, middle and high school students will be required to wear ID’s.
The district covers Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Hamel, Worden, Midway, Moro, Dorsey and Prairietown, Illinois.