Dumont High School, in New Jersey, has instituted smart cards and video surveillance for its students in order to make the school more secure. Smart cards grant access to the school after homeroom bell and allow administrators to control entry beyond normal school hours – such as opening doors nearest the gym only to basketball players. Expansion of the program is planned in the near future. Security checkpoints were also added to the school. Before printing out a visitor’s badge with a photograph, a computer cross-references a national database of sexual predators and checks for court orders restricting a parent’s custody of a child.
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