Swipe for Freedom

When BMHS was the MacNaughton Science and Technology Centre we used swipe cards like these to gain access to the building.
When BMHS was the MacNaughton Science and Technology Centre we used swipe cards like these to gain access to the building.

There was once a student swipe-card system at MacNaughton. It worked before, so why can’t it work now? In 1995, when today’s Bernice MacNaughton High School was known as the “MacNaughton Science & Technology Centre”, a school swipe card system was installed which allowed student access to certain zones of the building for certain periods of time. All members of staff were equipped with a universal card which had full access around the school.

So what happened to the system? When the school was renovated in 1999, the swipe-card system was removed. It was said in general that it was not needed for the new larger public high school, so the administration decided a regular key system would be most appropriate.

There may be a way that the school can bring back the swipe-card system, allowing certain cards access to certain locations of the building/campus, like the weight room, the sound studio, the gymnasium and also the football field for a designated amount of time. Beyond the fantasy, the process of acquiring the swipe-card system would include the expense of the system itself, along with motion detectors and cameras to supervise restricted activity. If the system was designed safely and fairly, extra-curricular groups and activities could benefit from the additional access that the swipe-card system allows.

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