Back to school safety and security: Henry County Public Schools

10 News investigates the measures school districts are taking to protect staff and students

HENRY COUNTY, Va. – Henry County Public Schools serves about 7,100 students and is made up of 13 schools, including Magna Vista and Bassett High Schools.

The division is in the process of a multi-year changeover of the classroom and exterior door locks.

Between the upcoming school year and last, HCPS is spending $246,000 on this initiative.

The district also invested $162,000 on security cameras and monitoring systems, including a total system upgrade at Magna Vista High School, with plans for Bassett High School coming next.

Another big purchase was $75,000 on 16 walk-thru metal detectors to be used at both high schools as well as two middle schools.

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