High Tech School Security

By Ben Manning | bmanning@wtajtv.com

Published 08/21 2014 10:11PM

Updated 08/21 2014 11:12PM

ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - School is starting for a lot of students next week and when it starts at one district on Wednesday there will be a new system checking every visitor that walks through the door.

Anyone walking into an Altoona school this year has to go through the new School Gate Guardian system and have a photo ID scanned. Altoona is the first district in the county to have the system. It does an instant background check, and makes sure you're not a danger to children. You have to wear a printed out ID and check in with the secretary.
Richard Adams is the Principal at Juniata Gap Elementary, one of the first schools with the new machine. He says it makes students and staff safer.

The district got a 25 thousand dollar grant that covered the bulk of the project.

Ashley Beard was getting her classroom ready. Her classroom is the closest to the front door. So she is grateful for the new security system.

District Police Services Director Jack Reilly says they decided to add security after the recent school shootings. This new system gives them a layer of security before people even get in the building.

There will be Guardian machines in every school in the district in the next few weeks.

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