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New safety measures at Spokane Public Schools

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Spokane Public Schools say they are  doing their best to keep their students safe. Spokane Public Schools say they are doing their best to keep their students safe.
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Spokane Public Schools say they are  doing their best to keep their students safe. Right now they're transitioning schools to increase safety, even at the elementary level.

Students also go through multiple drills every year, including active shooter drills, but now the school district is taking things to a new level. Arlington Elementary School in north Spokane is one of the first to use a "single point of entry" as part of their plan to keep kids safe. That means there is only one door students, staff, and visitors can go through. They must be buzzed in, and then go through the front desk to get in.

Parents told KHQ's Liz Burch that they are pleased with the added security. Robert Mojica said he's on edge after a shooter went on a murder spree in Umpqua, he is a little on edge about sending his kids to school, but the school's new safety measures make him feel better.

Office manager Pam Ristau has been a big part of implementing the changes. "I just feel like we needed this security a long time ago. I think this is amazing," she said.

 Spokane Public School district plans to make this security change to all their schools, but they say they're still working out the kinks right now.

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