One year ahead of funding deadline, Wisconsin schools continue finalizing safety, security plans

Briana Reilly:

As students in the Madison area prepare to head back to school this fall, they’ll find their buildings could include new state-of-the-art cameras, enhanced door locking technology and updated phone systems.

Those measures and others have been installed in schools throughout Wisconsin over the last year, as officials have sought and been awarded state funding to beef up security practices after lawmakers in 2018 created a new safety grant program.

Some of those changes were completed, or near completion, when students entered classrooms last fall, as schools worked tirelessly to begin implementing them ahead of the August 2020 deadline.