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Poughkeepsie schools will be getting a new lockdown system, metal detectors, bag scanners and an additional school resource officer for its middle school.

The measures will be covered by two federal grants totaling $575,000 announced by the district Wednesday.

The funding is the latest effort to invest in the safety of the district, amid a rash of gun violence among the city’s school-aged residents and incidents that included a November shooting outside the high school.

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A $500,000 School Violence Prevention Grant will be used to purchase and install two handheld metal detectors at the high and middle schools, bag scanning stations, a virtual lockdown system, as mass notification system, and safety glazing to first floor windows in all district buildings. 

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