All doors will be locked at Saranac Lake's Petrova School building while classes are in session starting May 16.
District Superintendent Jerry Goldman said the action would increase safety at the school. The plan is to allow access through only two main doors; one located at the bus circle and another near a parking area behind the building.
Staff will be given key cards that will unlock the two entrance locations. Others will be required to push a buzzer and state their purpose for entering. A camera will allow administrators in the school's office to view the individual and determine if the person is authorized to enter.
Goldman said the high school would not be locked down for practical reasons. He said the students need to access other school buildings for classes and that it would interfere with the activities of the district office there.
State police have recommended controlling access to the building. The security system is becoming standard in most schools across the state. Lake Placid already employs a similar security system.
Goldman said the system would not prevent firefighters or police from entering the building in case of an emergency. He said emergency responders would be given keycards and that even if they malfunctioned, "they would get in if they needed to."