Schoolhouse Beat

Grants help Ohio districts with security alert system

Schools in Ohio are lining up to obtain a share of $12 million in state grants to purchase emergency radios and install entrances equipped with cameras, intercoms and secured doors. The Columbus Dispatch says state officials have developed a system that enables school staff members to instantly and silently summon help by hitting a large orange button. The program administered by the Ohio School Facilities Commission offers districts $2,000 to purchase the new alert system, or a similar one, for each building, and $5,000 to secure one entrance in each school.

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