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COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Parents and families will notice a difference this year when they come to visit area elementary schools: The front doors of all schools will now be locked. The Anoka-Hennepin School District has installed new electronic entry systems in 27 buildings. Parents concerns following the Newtown, Conn., school shooting last December prompted these new safety measures, CTN NEWS reports.

The school board approved the enhanced security plans in February and over the summer the new entry systems were installed. Visitors will need to ring a bell, speak with staff and swipe their driver's license through the system. Staff can monitor visitors with a camera and determine if they can be let into the building.

Chuck Holden, Chief Operations Officer with Anoka-Hennepin School District, told CTN News, "Our intent is to make the school still a friendly, user friendly place, we still want parents and grandparents and everyone to have access to the building, we just want to make sure it's safe. So, we hope this becomes ingrained, our staff and all of our visitors in the community feel comfortable using it."

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