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Six weeks after Sandy Hook, Davenport schools are already jumping into action.

"We took immediate steps to limit access to the buildings to a simple point of access," Davenport School Board member Nikki DeFauw says. 

The majority of Davenport schools have secure entrances, where visitors can't get into the building without going past the front desk first. The remaining schools will get them this summer.

"There was some re-prioritizing so we can focus on security enhancements in the next few months in order to provide the most safe environment we can," DeFauw says. 

Schools will also get new 'intruder locks'.

"An intruder lock is a door, lock system that allows a staff member to lock it from the inside without having to go out into the hallway," Davenport Schools Director of Operations Scott Martin says.

The one-way locks allow students to get out in an emergency, but intruders can't get in.

These locks will be in every classroom in Davenport as soon as they can get them in.

Martin says the national stockpile is running low as other schools across the country rush to get them too.  

"We're about 33 percent through the district, we have 1000 [classrooms] left to do," he says. 

Beyond that, schools will be getting new security cameras that give police live streaming images inside schools right from their squad cars.  

All of this will be paid for through school improvement taxes and levies. Though it's a start,  parents and teachers say this issue is constantly changing, but they're trying to keep on top of it. 

"I think there's always a process where we need to be mindful of what potentials exist and anticipate and respond to those in a proactive way," DeFauw says.

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