School districts across the country continue to evaluate security after the deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
Roanoke County plans to spend one and a quarter million dollars this summer to make more upgrades. School leaders recently announced plans to install key card access for faculty in all its schools.
This will replace the current key system and administrators say it will make a big difference
"Right now we have physical keys to all the exterior doors. If that key is lost then we have to re-key the whole system. With a card pass we can deactivate immediately with a computer and reactivate a new one. So it's going to give us a little more control over the building and also record when people are coming in and restrict it to certain hours of the day," said Roanoke County Schools Director of Operations Martin Misicko.
Other security changes include quick background checks for school visitors and panic buttons for teachers to call police if there's an emergency.