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Window Coverings Give School Extra Layer of Security

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LAS VEGAS -- School safety has become more of a focal point in the months following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

That mass shooting has led to some changes at schools in the Las Vegas valley. Will Beckley Elementary School located near Desert Inn and Pecos roads received a gift Monday that could help protect its 600 students.

It's called School Safe Windows. It's a covering that adheres to a window, making it impossible to see inside a classroom, yet allowing those inside the room to see out of the window. The coverings create a visual barrier that could protect kids in case of an emergency.

"It buys a few seconds, potentially if somebody were outside the window that's not suppose to be," said Becky Watson, Edim Education Integrated Marketing.

Assistant Principal Nina Sandford said, currently, kids are in plain sight when there is a lockdown at the school. Lockdown situations typically involve police and occur when there is something potentially dangerous happening near or at the school.

"We have windows all around and so it's not very safe for our kids, if we do have someone either on campus, or you know, an issue around the campus," Sandford said.

The coverings could give children precious time if they must find a hiding place. The school has also added a fence around the property and also requires all visitors to enter the school through one entrance and check in with the office.

The Charles Marshall Foundation donated the money to Education Integrated Marketing to cover the cost of the window coverings.


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