Enhanced security is in place at Clay County elementary schools

SAFETY MEASURES-Sheriff Deputy Daniel Stewart, assigned to Celina K-8 as school resource officer, demonstrates the intercom and video secured entrance system at the school. (HORIZON photo by Bob Weaver)

SAFETY MEASURES-Sheriff Deputy Daniel Stewart, assigned to Celina K-8 as school resource officer, demonstrates the intercom and video secured entrance system at the school. (HORIZON photo by Bob Weaver)

CLAY COUNTY-Visitors to both the Hermitage Springs School and Celina K-8 will encounter new security measures in the form of a locked front door at which a camera and intercom system have been installed.

Persons wishing to be admitted to the building must push the intercom button and speak to the receptionist who will, upon recognition via video monitor, either unlock the door or ask for information about your reason to visit.

Visitors unknown to the receptionist will have to state their purpose and if the receptionist has concerns, the school resource officer will assist.

“We ask that visitors to be patient with our school staff and apologize for the inconvenience but we do not apologize for attempting to secure our facilities to protect our students,” a spokesperson said.