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Gwinnett County and local schools partner to expand safety initiatives in schools

Gwinnett County Public Schools and Gwinnett County Police held a press conference recently to demonstrate the new 2014 SLOST-funded school emergency notification system that links GCPS and Buford City Schools to the 911 Center through several types of alerts, as well as video feed, when the school activates a switch. A new management system for school visitors is also being installed in all Gwinnett elementary and middle schools and four Buford schools.

The emergency notification system will be activated by trained school personnel in the event of an active threat, which eliminates the need to place a 911 call in this type of emergency. Once the system is activated, the automatic alert system will send a signal directly to the Gwinnett County 911 Center and school police headquarters. In addition, the visitor management system will provide controlled access to schools. Once the school day begins, doors will be locked and visitors will need to press a button on a control panel to gain entry to the school. Upon entering the school, visitors will follow the normal visitor procedures, signing in and showing identification to receive a visitor's badge.