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Jack Mottl is a junior at Owatonna High School. This will be his first year in Magnet. Mottl is involved in soccer and basketball. When Mottl is not in school you can find him hanging out with friends,...

Amanda Clubb is a junior at OHS this year. This is her second year on the Magnet staff. Clubb is involved in student council, DECA, SHOC, band, Students for Life, tennis and track. Outside of school, Clubb...

Mitch Seykora is a senior at Owatonna High School. This will be his first year on the Magnet staff. He is involved in sports that include baseball and football. During his free time he likes to hang out...

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Jack Mottl is a junior at Owatonna High School. This will be his first year in Magnet. Mottl is involved in soccer and basketball. When Mottl is not in school you can find him hanging out with friends,...

Ethan Armstrong is a senior at Owatonna High School. He participates in baseball, football, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the musical and Concert Choir. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends,...

Alia Kubicek is a junior at OHS. This is her first year of Magnet. She is involved in DECA, Prom Committee, Young life, and 4-H. Kubicek also plays hockey and soccer. In her free time she can be found...

Upgraded security system at OHS

Office staff member Ms. Megan Rosenau viewing the cameras placed through out the building.
Asha Abdi
Office staff member Ms. Megan Rosenau viewing the cameras placed through out the building.

I feel like it’s a good thing but as long as the cameras are not an invasion of privacy. It’s a very good thing to be able to see what other people are doing for our own safety

— McKayla Selle

The new school comes with new security being upgraded from the old security system. To improve and insure more safety upon students. To make sure that everything during the school day is going to be a safe environment.

Some of the new security measures are cameras inside the building and in the school parking lot, monitors outside of the cafeteria during lunch hours and certain bathrooms have been closed down throughout certain time periods of the day. There is now a check in and out system when students leave the school grounds during lunch, Hybrid, ect. They must check in and out when entering and leaving so the staff can know where they are if they need to be accounted for.

Staff enjoys the new system because it makes things go more accordingly. OHS Student Supervisor Brandon Noble states, “I think the system works because there are a lot of times that parents or staff need to get a hold of a certain student, and if it’s their lunch time, then we have no idea where they are sometimes.” It started as a QR code on a piece of paper on the cafeteria doors in the beginning of fall this year. The article QR Code replaces “Blue Pass”  explains it further. Advancing from that point students can now sign out of an electronic device in the office. 

As of new security being added onto our chromebooks and online there has only been a few minor changes to Google. Technology Specialist Dawson Drentlaw states, “The only noticeable difference that I can think of is the change of policy that Google has done and still actively doing, about third-party apps. At the most this may have caused a few apps or extensions to change or be removed based on the district’s privacy and security policies.” This benefits students and it ensures more safety for the students. 

This helps students because it ensures that they are doing what they are supposed to be. There is less opportunity for them to skip class or ditch school. The reason for that are the locations of the new cameras inside and outside of the building. Sophomore McKayla Selle said, “I feel like it’s a good thing but as long as the cameras are not an invasion of privacy. It’s a very good thing to be able to see what other people are doing for our own safety.” The cameras have been a big benefit to the school because it keeps the students feeling safe and the staff feeling secure that the students are being accounted for. 

With a new school comes more advances to technology and safety. These security measures are helping students be attentive and following the three OT’s. As of this far into the year, the staff and students believe the security system is working and helping benefit everyone in the building.

About the Contributor
Asha Abdi
Asha Abdi, Writer
Asha Abdi is a sophomore this year at OHS. This year she is getting more involved with the extracurricular activities at school and joined DECA, Magnet, AVID, Orchestra, and Track. Outside of school, Abdi likes to play her instrument in a trio at weddings, hangout with friends, spend time with family, and has recently gotten a job. She joined OHS Magnet because she wants to make a career out of writing and to improve her writing skills.