It would seem that our local hospitals have stronger security systems than our schools. Hospitals have panic buttons to automatically dial for help. My local school does not have panic buttons at all points of entry (like the front offices) that automatically dial 911 for help. Such a button could also call the Code 2, which alerts all of danger in the event the principal or staff is not able to do so.
At our local hospitals, we have doors that are on magnets. When there is a report of a fire, all doors automatically shut and cordon off the hospital. If such technologies were installed, teachers could spend their time protecting and hiding children, rather than shutting and locking. This would also help limit access to the entire school if someone had entered to harm.
I plan to attend the next board meetings and parent/teacher/student organization, and am sure a lot comes down to resources. I believe you would see amazing participation in fundraising by parents. Why raise money for books, if we cannot ensure that are children are safe when reading?
You all do a great job. Just a time to improve.