Lake Oconee Academy installed Paxton’s Net2 access control solution, which moves beyond the basics of controlling the flow of people around a building.Lake Oconee Academy is a charter school located in Greensboro, GA. It was established in 2007 as a Pre-K4 school and has since expanded to having their first senior grade class in 2018. The school is one of the highest performing charter schools in the state and has been listed as a Georgia Advanced Placement (AP) Honor School. It is also one of the best performing public schools in the country.
The campus includes eight buildings, 110 staff, and 973 students.
As the school grew, Lake Oconee Acadamy needed an access control system that was easily scalable and simple to use. Creating different access levels, timezones, movement tracking, and event reporting were all requirements of the new system to manage access for staff, students, and visitors on campus.
The school installed Paxton’s Net2 access control solution, which moves beyond the basics of controlling the flow of people around a building. It is designed to make the management of any site straightforward with a range of features that ensure the system is easy to use.
Five users on site now have administrative rights to manage the system. The teachers and students are assigned different access levels, and access to the site is setup with specific timezones that fit around the normal school day. The IT department created custom access permissions for the range of school days within the software, to control access across the campus and ensure no one can gain entry to the site outside of school hours.
The school also wanted to ensure that all staff and students were afforded an extra layer of security. The lockdown feature within Net2 allows a site to lock all or specific doors at once. This feature is ideal for taking proactive measures in case of an emergency.
Ryan Rogers, IT Director at Lake Oconee Academy, said: “Our previous access control system had a lot of missing features. Paxton’s Net2 system is simple and straightforward, with all the features we required. It’s also cost effective, which is a big plus." Ryan also has the capability to access the system remotely and make changes without having to physically be on site. This is a useful feature when the school must be closed unexpectedly due to inclement weather, such as snow days.
Access to the site can now be managed easily, to provide heightened security at Lake Oconee Academy. The Net2 system allows the school to create custom access features, reporting, incident notifications, and much more.
Staff, students, and parents now have peace of mind that the school has a system in place that can secure and restrict access to the campus. The school plans to continue to expand their site, and the Net2 system will grow with it.