LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Imagine being able to keep an eye on classrooms from a distance.
It's already happening in southern Nevada. But will classroom cameras make schools safer?
A high-tech safety system that costs about as much as a computer alerts authorities as soon as an emergency happens. It was first brought to the Las Vegas valley because of a unique need.
The Nye County School District is more than 18,000 square miles, and campuses are hours away apart.
Nye County School District Superintendent Dale Norton has to cover an area of more than 18,000 square miles. What used to mean a great deal of travel moved into the digital age in 2011.
With the Audio Enhancement Safe System – which involves video, audio and security -– officials can go online and check into the classroom to make sure thing everything is OK in real time. Or in the case of an emergency, make the call for help.
In Nye County, there is no school Police Department. Some schools, such as Duckwater, are not around other buildings.
“That little school sits on a highway that's traveled by who knows who,” Norton said, “and we have a teacher and an aide, and the next location is a mile and half down the road.”
Currently, this alert system is only available at one Clark County school: Schofield Middle School. It started using it in September.
The difference in Clark County is that Principal A.J. Adams and Clark County School District Police receive the alert at the same time, and everyone understands that the alert means the ultimate threat.
“This is not a system to activate if there's a shoving match, a management issue,” Adams said. “This is if there's an active shooter or someone on campus.”