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School headquarters get electronic door controls

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Gazette Staff
July 30, 2009
— The administrative center for the Janesville School District now has the same door security system as at all the district's school buildings.

Visitors to the Educational Services Center, 527 S. Franklin St., will have to press a button and talk to a receptionist via intercom at the door starting Friday.


Receptionists will be trained in assessing potential threats, said Mat Haeger, district manager of health and safety.


The receptionist also will view the visitor via a video camera. Cameras will be mounted at all three entrances. The receptionist will be able to disarm the door lock to permit entry.


All visitors will be required to wear either a visitor badge or district ID card, the same requirement as in the school buildings. Visitor badges will be available at the reception area inside the main entrance.


Staff members will be asked to greet visitors who do not have a visitor badge or district ID and help them in obtaining a badge.


For school board meetings and other public meetings, the doors will be unlocked at 5 p.m.


Anyone who needs to use the handicapped-access entrance should go to the rear of the building off the parking lot. Deliveries should still go to the entrance off of South River Street.


For more information, call the Educational Services Center at (608) 743-5097.



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