New plan to improve school security in Yakima, Kittitas Counties

YAKIMA, Wash. -- As kids head back to school there's a new plan in place to improve school security. The tragedy at Sandy Hook spurred changes across districts in Yakima and Kittitas Counties.

Nobody slacked over the summer in Union Gap Schools. While students were on vacation -- the district added new security protocols.

Union Gap School was one of the few to get the cutting edge changes.

"It's nice as it relates to the fact that you're only one of five schools that got chosen to do this pilot and to be connected to fire ambulance, police," said Union Gap School principal Lisa Gredgiv

Visitors now have their ID checked at the door. There's just one entrance and once a name tag is used it can't be used again.

In the coming months -- the school will get new security software.

Union Gap and Cle Elum School Districts will be the first to use the software called SafePoint. By the touch of a button -- emergency responders and schools will be automatically connected.

Yakima County plans to keep meeting weekly with cops to talk about security. As KIMA showed already the new Eisenhower High has hundreds of security cameras to keep an eye on safety.

And in Ellensburg a new building at Lincoln Elementary is likely to have just one door for visitors to come through.

Grandview and East Valley will be next to get SafePoint.

After a close call in Georgia just this week, the changes here in Yakima can help parents feel more at ease.

The plan was to bring in SafePoint software by October, but now I'm told it might take a bit longer to come online.