GREEN BAY - The area's largest school district is making it more difficult for people to get into its buildings, in hopes of keeping students safer.
Now, all exterior doors at all Green Bay public schools are supposed to be closed and locked during school hours, a policy some schools say they already had in place.
The school board approved the measure Monday night.
And district officials are looking to make some other changes district wide.
"I think any security measures that try to protect the students are a really good idea," explained parent Melissa Thomson.
District officials say recent school shootings prompted them to take another look at their security measures. A possible problem area was at certain elementary schools.
Some already have locked exterior doors. However, others only lock the inside set of doors, and access is gained through an unlocked main office.
"The board was very clear about having exterior doors locked and people using an intercom system and a remote access to get into the building," explained district facilities and operations director Allen Behnke. "They did not want unrestricted access into the offices."
Parents say it's about time.
"It should be done regardless of what's going on everywhere else, once your kids are in there, you worry about them all day long," said parent Tyler Allen.
"Things in the past were really good, school was a place that you didn't have to worry about them, but today it is and so I think it's a really good thing," explained Aaron Holiday.
But the district is looking at more than just access to the schools.
Other recommended changes include improving security training for staff, adding additional cameras at elementary schools and provide additional mental health services for students.
"As times have changed, we are trying to change as well, and meet expectations of parents and visitors," Behnke said.
All those recommendations still need school board approval.
District officials say middle and high schools already have policies in place that require all exterior doors to be locked during school hours.
There are also security monitors at the entrances.
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