Schools officials work to make buildings safer ahead of upcoming year

Students returning to classrooms across the state may see new infrastructure to improve security and safety.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson says millions of dollars was given to school districts across the state to improve infrastructure after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last year.

He says some schools were built two or three decades ago with an open design. Johnson says those schools have improved entrances and exits to help both students and parents feel at ease.

"When you get closer to beach, it's separate buildings that students walk between. You can do that when the weather is nice, but what it didn't have was one secure perimeter that made visitors go through one entrance. We got money out to school districts to put out fences, for example, that could help strangers from walking through the campus," said Johnson.

Johnson says they've also designed school entrances to make sure that every visitor has to check in at the front office before entering the building.

He says they are also working on installing new technology to securely lock classrooms in the event of an active shooter.