New secured-access at Fawcett (at McKinley)

There are new security measures in place at Fawcett. Over the last few months, the district has been working to make safety and security improvements at our schools. A new vestibule with intercom and camera system has been added at the former McKinley Elementary, where Fawcett Elementary is housed as their new school is being designed. With the security upgrades, Fawcett staff can now greet visitors using an intercom and camera in a secure vestibule area before granting access into the school. All exit/entry doors have also been upgraded to include a new card reader system for staff, as well as both interior and exterior cameras.

When Fawcett teachers return from winter break they will have new lighting in all their classrooms, and common areas, to replace the old and dated dim lights currently in place. Designs are also in the works to add an elevator for the school, which will provide ADA accessibility for staff, students and visitors, as well as a new playground.

Plans continue to be made for the capital needs of the district to provide Tacoma Public School students, teachers and staff with adequate, proper and safe facilities.

With the approval of the February 2020 capital bond, the district can continue to invest in what’s working for Tacoma kids with needed school improvements that provide safe and challenging learning environments.

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