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Schools Step Up Security Before Classes Begin

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A new school year means new security measures in your child's classroom.

From locks and fences - to more officers, local school districts are ready.

At Spartanburg County School District 5, the measures include more than 400 new locks on classroom doors. The change allows the teachers to secure their rooms from the inside. 

Dr. Greg Wood, Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Operations says the locks, a new fence at Duncan Elementary School and a new entrance at Wellford Academy help keep staff and students more secure.

"They need to feel safe before they can learn," Wood explained. He says just because parents don't see the changes, doesn't mean they're not happening.

"It's important to have things in place, but it's also important to not really tell everything that we're doing," Wood said.

In District 6, Spokesperson Cynthia Robinson tells 7 On Your Side, they're selecting full-time school resource officers for every elementary school. They're already there in middle and high schools.

School District Officials say to expect long lines when dropping off students on the first day. They ask parents to be patient as everyone gets into the new routine.

Additional officers will also be at some of the schools to help with traffic flow on the first few days of class. They'll also be enforcing school zones.

For more information on school zone safety from the SC Highway Patrol, click here.

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