Winston-Salem, N.C. -- How easy is it to get inside your child's school? We've talked a lot about beefing up security but is it happening?
There's a renewed effort at our schools this week to keep our kids safe, by finding a way to keep unwanted people out.
A lot of businesses including WMFY News 2 has some form of security to get inside. At our building, there are cameras everywhere. To get in, we use security cards or someone needs to buzz us in.
A local school district is taking a similar route and for good reason.
The learning process is in full swing inside Caleb's Creek Elementary School in Kernersville. Keeping watch outside, a doorbell, called the Aiphone, will soon be installed at every elementary school in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School District.
"The feedback we have received has been very positive as far as an extra layer of safety," said Principal Judy Jones.
Here's how it works: the visitor pushes the button and tells the office attendant what they need, then the person in the office asks the visitor what they want before letting them in.
Caleb's Creek is one of 11 schools in the district picked for the pilot program in May. Tuesday night, the school board voted to extend the program to all 44 elementary schools.
"We took a thoughtful approach to it, tested it, gathered feedback and then decided to install them in more locations," said district spokesman Theo Helm.
They're looking for ways to tighten security after the deadly Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last year.
"People feel like we have a better idea of who's coming in and out of the schools, we have more control of who's coming in and out of the schools," said Helm.
"It does consume a lot of office time but most of the staff feel that they're not willing to sacrifice a lamb, a child, over time," added Jones.
So far they've seen a positive response from parents.
"I feel that they're safer," said Wanda Hawkins, parent of two students at the school. "The environment here is safer with the system being here."
Giving teachers and students a sense of relief knowing they're safer inside the walls with the help of a watchful eye.
The security upgrades will cost the district $66,000 and will be paid for with money from a Capital Improvement Budget. The district hopes to have all 44 Aiphones up and running by the end of the school year.
Randolph County Schools recently underwent a similar project. They installed the phones at 24 of their schools over the summer. The deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year in Newtown, Connecticut prompted those changes as well.