Public access to Calhoun County schools will change next Monday, launching an initial phase of improving security at Calhoun Middle-High School, Arnoldsburg Elementary and Pleasant Hill Elementary.

Calhoun Superintendent of Schools Roger Propst says starting Monday the schools will activate their security doors, following a 30-minute entry period for students at the start of the school day.

"Following that time all visitors will need to request entrance by buzzing the access panel at the main entrance throughout the remainder of the day," said Propst.

Propst said it is the goal of Calhoun County Schools to provide a safe and healthy environment for the faculty, staff, students and visitors at all school locations.

The state's School Access Safety Act requires that all counties make adequate safeguards for entrance to and exit from all school facilities of pupils, school employees, parents, visitors and emergency personnel for the overall safety of public schools.

The Calhoun school system has received funding from the School Building Authority as directed by the governor to implement school security enhancements. Propst said.

These funds must be used to secure all entrances and exits to schools, beginning with the front entrances.

Future enhancements will involve sensors on each exterior door monitored from the school office.

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