SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) - When students go back to school in Sidney in three weeks, they'll have armed staff members looking out for them.
"We feel it is important to have a presence inside the buildings to confront the possibility of an active shooter," says Sidney Superintendent John Scheu.
The district will have loaded guns hidden in all seven of its buildings.
The guns will be kept in safes opened by fingerprints.
"They will be placed away from students and only the staff members who have been trained will know where to access these handguns," Scheu says.
Each building will also have an armed security guard.
"These are all former deputy sheriffs or Sidney policeman," Scheu says.
But guns and guards won't be the only added security measures there. Every entrance and every hallway in every building in the district will be monitored by cameras that can be seen not only by school officials but by deputies as well.
"We feel confident that we have plans in place that will minimize the possibility of a Sandy Hook happening here," Scheu says.
The cost of all those upgrades is about $150,000.
It's a cost Scheu says is worth it.
"We have continued to live within our means and we feel it's important to spend this amount of money to improve and increase security," Scheu says.
2 NEWS asked Scheu if the added security is going too far.
"I'm not sure what other means a school district can take to effectively counter an active shooter," Scheu says.
The district has also numbered all its windows so authorities know where to go when they respond to an emergency.
The security changes will ease the mind of parents like Neysa Smith.
"I approve that 100 percent," Smith says. "They actually need that."
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