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Security Updates at Waynesboro High School

By June Johnson and Cheyenna Pirkey

In the midst of the WHS building renovations, the school is receiving major security updates. These updates focus mainly on enhancing and adding to the current system, but not replacing it. These additions include new cameras inside and outside of the building, doors monitored by cameras and WHS staff, and possibly alarms to notify staff of doors that are open at inappropriate times. The updates should be started and completed in phase one of the construction. The ending date of phase one has not been set.

One main concern about the updates was that students might feel like their privacy was violated. However, reactions to the new precautions have been mostly positive, according to WHS assistant principal, Mr. Bryan Stamm, who is working with Mr. David Nobles to oversee the renovation. “It’s not a matter of keeping students in check. It’s a matter of trying to make sure the students are protected,” said Stamm.

Another concern was that these new safety factors might disturb the students’ standard school routine. While the updates might change the cycle, they shouldn’t be too disruptive. “You might gripe about it a little…but you guys are really flexible,” said Stamm. The changes will primarily be located on the entrances and exits of the building, so they shouldn’t impact the staff or students very much.

Photo by June Johnson Some students skip classes by propping open a door so they can return unnoticed. This is not only a bad decision on the students’ part- it's a safety issue. One concern expressed by Stamm is that people other than students might enter the building through the unlocked door. Monitoring doors eliminates this security issue, and will likely help prevent students skipping class.

Photo by June Johnson
Some students skip classes by propping open a door so they can return unnoticed. This is not only a bad decision on the students’ part- it’s a safety issue. One concern expressed by Stamm is that people other than students might enter the building through the unlocked door. Monitoring doors eliminates this security issue, and will likely help prevent students skipping class.

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