The New Haven Unified School District is improving security at all of its 11 campuses by installing new classroom door locks and peep holes.
The New Haven Board of Education approved the district-wide project Tuesday night, according to a district newsletter.
Classrooms are being retrofitted with new door-locking devices that will allow the doors to be secured from inside of the rooms and protect students and staff from intruders.
While the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. raised school security concerns nationwide, the New Haven door-lock replacement initiative has been in the works since last June, district staff said.
As part of the initiative, the district is also replacing damaged and substandard doors to enhance safety and security.
"By installing the new locksets we have added a critical element to the District's emergency lockdown and shelter-in-place plan," Chief Business Officer Akur Varadarajan said in a press release.