School is supposed to be considered a safe haven. Van White, President of the Rochester School Boards says RCSD has already taken a “step-up” in security.
“We have metal detectors in most of our high schools, identification systems, software hard ware to know who is in our buildings. We have school security officers in all of our buildings, but they can’t be in every nook and every cranny,” said Van White.
In light of the recent school shooting in Florida, the New York State Senate passed legislation regarding school safety measures. One of the bills, that was passed, would provide aid to school districts to improve security and acquire safety technology: such as metal detectors and cameras.
“Technology is an acceptable way to build, to expand up on your capacity to watch the students, to care for them and make sure everyone is safe,” he said.
Some parents agree.
“Public areas where people expect them. And if they were alerted to the fact there were cameras,” said Karen Schmergel.
But others, like Allison Kloc think adding numerous cameras to a school is invasive.
“I think it adds to a lot of the anxiety that kids already experience, just knowing that they’re always on camera. Actually, having those in schools, can actually add to the problem,” said Klock.
Technology; however, is not full fool-proof.
“The person that’s looking to cause harm in the school could drop some malware on those security cameras or control those cameras,” said Paul Robinson, a Cyber Solutions Security Advisor with GreyCastle Security.
Robinson says like anything, technology devices need to be monitored.
“When these devices are connected that you have properly security controls in place and they’re being monitored carefully,” said Robinson.
Senator Croci, who sponsored this portion of the bill told News 8: the determination of what security, safety hardware and technology should be installed in each district would be the ultimate responsibility of each individual school districts governing bodies.
Additional safety measures are also expected to be unveiled next week as part of the conference’s Security Agenda. The bills will now be sent to the Assembly.
The state assembly mean time has passed a series of gun control bills and they now go to the State Senate.