Prosser board discusses school doors

— Access and Egress were the most-discussed aspects of school security at a Prosser School Board meeting May 22.

The School Board met to discuss new security system requirements and options for the looming new high school.

The security systems the school board chose to employ are integral in the design of the new school, an engineer said.

Principal Kevin Lusk said the security should, above all, be safe and functional.

The current design for the school plans to use a combination of key, code, and key card entry. Most exterior doors will require both code and key card to access the building.

The main entry into the building will be open and unlocked just before and after school but locked during classes and after hours.

During afterhours certain doors will be non-functional, while staff members can enter through a predetermined door.

The system will allow for certain staff members to set the system with several cards coded for different schedules, such as normal day, 2hr delay, or whole day closure.

This discussion comes on the heels of lockdowns this school year because pf several bomb threats in Sunnyside, Grandview and Prosser.

The threat at Prosser High turned to be real. A bomb was found Feb. 27. A student discovered the bomb in Room No. 308 and notified a security officer, who then contacted police.

After the discovery, students were first confined in the school gym, and then bussed to Housel Middle School where they went into lockdown.

It was later determined the package was, in fact, a bomb. The Richland Explosive Ordinance Unit detonated it.


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