NWA Schools Increase Security Since Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting


Schools in Northwest Arkansas are working to ensure your child is safe while in the classroom.

After the Sandy Hook shooting, schools in our area want to be safer than ever.

Rogers Heritage High School has since put in a system where background checks are run on any visitor that walks in the door.

“What are you going to do as a school district to try to make sure your students are safe?” Assistant Superintendent of Rogers Public Schools Charles Lee said.

December 14 2012 sent shock waves through the country.  

“Sandy Hook got everyone’s attention because the shooter actually got inside the building,” Communications Director Springdale Public Schools Rick Schaffaer said.

Rogers Assistant Superintendent Charles Lee says it only took months to add new safety measures right here at home. 

“We have check in systems at the door where you have to buzz in and so the doors are locked,” Lee said. “Also the new camera systems we have across our campus.”

“Our high school students all wear ID badges so it is known who is a student inside the school,” Schaffaer said. 

Another addition is a stronger law enforcement presence. 

“We do have a School Resource Officer on site and on campus which we did not have before until recent history,” Lee said. 

“We have 31 buildings and now 17 SRO’s, which is a great increase since Sandy Hook five years ago,” Schaffaer said. 

Local schools say having the highest safety will always be the number one priority.

“These situations make you refocus and re-examine your protocols and give them the detail and attention they deserve,” Lee said. 

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