Mountain View Elementary Increases Security
Entrance to building locked to visitors and parents
ANCHORAGE - How do we make our schools safer?
That’s a question being asked across the country, as Newtown, Connecticut, continues to bury the victims from last week's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
In Anchorage, one elementary school made a change this week that some parents said should’ve been made a long time ago.
As of Monday, Mountain View Elementary began locking its front entrance, which is a new policy for the school.
Parents and visitors must now call the school office before they can enter and a staff member will walk to the entrance and open the door.
“So far we have gotten a lot of positive feedback from parents and from staff members,” said Principal Chris Woodward.
“It's been a little bit more work for myself and for the rest of the staff in the office having to open that door on occasion, but I think it's been a positive change,” he said.
Some parents think the policy should have come sooner.
Back in 2001, Jason Pritchard stabbed four boys at the school.
“We don't know who's going to enter those buildings at any time of the day,” said PTA President Amber Craig.
"I know it's hard for the school people to remember every parent's face, and I understand that, but there needs to be something so I know my children are safe at school,” said Craig.
Craig also wants an intercom and automated unlock system installed at the front entrance.
“The people that have IDs, they can scan their IDs and the door opens for them, and if you don't have an ID you have to be buzzed in,” said Craig.
Principal Woodward supports the idea, if it has the approval of staff and parents.
“If we continue to get positive feedback about it then I think it's worth the extra work I'm happy to do it, if it creates more problems than it solves then perhaps we'll rethink that decision,” said Woodward.