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.