School safety: What schools are doing to keep your kids safe in the classroom

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio - One of the most important things as kids head back to school is keeping them safe while they are there.

Unfortunately with the number of school shootings over the last several years, districts have had to reevaluate what they do to make sure students are safe in the classroom.

This year Willoughby Eastlake School District has new technology that lets police see the layout of a school building before they even arrive to the building.

Director of Operations and Security Steve Nedlick said, "We're going to save minutes which ultimately saves lives."

In North Royalton, a new radio system lets school administrators talk directory with police dispatchers, "Immediately, without making phone calls or jumping through any hoops. This will get the first responders here a lot sooner," said Superintendent Greg Gurka.

But some schools are not passing the test when it comes to safety. Security Expert Tim Dimoff walked right into some Northeast Ohio schools, unannounced and unchallenged.

"In the last year and a half I've walked into over 18 schools uninhibited and I could go anywhere I wanted before someone even asked me who are you, what are you going here or even called or notified anybody. In Northeast Ohio. In Northeast Ohio."

Dimoff says if nothing else, schools must control the flow of people entering the building. Willoughby South now has a bullpen area between two sets of locked doors.

But for a lot of districts, money becomes an issue. But Dimoff says there are grants available or maybe community groups can donate to the schools. He says parents should know what is being done and if they are not satisfied, demand change.

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