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One district in Westchester is stepping up its security in the hope of assuring parents that their children are safe.
The security measure in Yonkers comes after numerous shootings across the country.
Dodson School Principal Evelina Medina says if an unauthorized door is open, for any reason, an alarm will sound. The security measures are in place at every building in the Yonkers School District.
New camera technology also enhances safety protocol, alerting staff and teachers if their students are in jeopardy.
Yonkers Public School Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada says the moment someone tries to enter any door, they get an email.
Quezada says the district has 70 school safety officers, in addition to their enhanced relationship with Yonkers police. Police officers, like Scott Lyons, have the ability to access school cameras from the dashboard of a patrol car.
"It allows us to not go in blind, where if there was a situation, we could determine, alright the person's in this room, and we could bypass the other rooms instead of having to clear the rooms, and we could just go right to point A to B without having to jump to C," says Lyons.