At Monday's Board of Education Meeting, DCSD requested approval for a pilot program for metal detectors in 5 high schools. Gary Brantley, Chief Information Officer, heavily emphasized that this was a pilot program and that the school district understands this will not be the total answer to weapons in school.
There was a good discussion on this among the board members - in my opinion. While most seemed in favor of the pilot program, there was several questions. Again, this is a pilot program for DCSD and I'm sure answers/solutions will become apparent as the program takes shape.
1. Will/How many extra school based personnel will be needed to supervise the metal detectors and "wand" any students/visitors that set off the detector?
2. There would only be 4 metal detectors per pilot school. What is the procedure for other doors not covered by metal detectors?
3. These high schools have trailers. What if a student/visitor bypasses the metal detectors on their way to a trailer?
You can view the entire BOE agenda item, at the following link, item #C-7: