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Eye on School Safety: School Security Cameras

Bond funds providing cameras to enhance school security

School safety is a top priority for Eugene School District 4J and for our community. Recent 4J school bond measures overwhelmingly approved by voters have included funding for school safety and security among many other important capital improvements.

A key school security enhancement is video cameras—now being installed at schools across the district starting this year. Previously the district has had a few cameras at specific sites but has not had a coordinated video camera system in place to monitor buildings across the district.

Video cameras will be installed for security purposes in numerous locations at each school, particularly in areas where there is a high volume of traffic or potential for concern, such as hallways, gymnasiums, cafeterias, and school exteriors.

The cameras will provide an extra set of eyes for student safety and school security in both high traffic and less traveled areas of the schools, both during the school day and after hours and overnight. The cameras will be in operation 24/7.

High schools will be the first to have video security systems installed, then middle schools, and finally our elementary schools. Churchill High School is the first school to pilot the new security cameras and video system. After a review period to ensure the system logistics are working as intended, this security upgrade will be installed at other 4J schools. It will take more than a year to complete the rollout at all schools.

 

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