SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) – As kids head back to school, both students and parents may see new security features. In Springboro, they are implementing a high-tech guest check-in system.
At Springboro Schools they have six different buildings. Each has a crisis response team. They also have a district crisis response team. They get together on a regular basis with the police department to figure out ways to keep their students safe.
Recently they decided to implement LobbyGuard to all six of their main district buildings.
“You will have to show your drivers license and scan it. From there, a background check is performed. If everything is good, you will get a badge and place it on yourself. Then you can walk around,” said District Communications Coordinator Scott Marshall.
Last school year, the district implemented a social media monitoring program called Social Sentinel.
The program pings the area around the school and scans social media accounts for possible threats.
2 NEWS reporter Ethan Fitzgerald asked Marshall if the district takes pride in being proactive.
“It’s not even about pride. It’s about doing what’s right and doing the best thing for our students,” said Marshall.
Some of the security improvements come from an operations budget, but others are made possible by community donations.
What does the community think about background checks?
“I’m sure some people are going to find it very frustrating and a pain in the butt. As a parent and a teacher, I see where they are coming from. You don’t want anyone walking in your child’s building that isn’t safe to be around,” said Stacey Sparks, a Springboro Resident.
The district has several resource officers and will also have locks on almost all doors by the start of school.
“You may know somebody from the outside in the community one way. But you may not know the whole story,” said Sparks.
Springboro also ended school lunch visitation last school year, but still allows parents to visit on special, pre-planned days.
The LobbyGuard technology will not be ready for the first day of school. They are hoping to get it installed district-wide in the coming weeks.