SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–Springfield Public Schools are stepping up security measures. Starting in the spring, the district will implement a brand new visitor screening process.
One of the things it will do is make sure that there are pictures of visitors in the system so that their badge matches their picture before entering the school.
“In 2018, our community requires it, demands it that we keep our schools, our kids safe. We know that kids won’t learn if they don’t feel safe and teachers can’t teach if they don’t feel safe,” says Bret Range, executive director of student services.
The Springfield School Board allotted $4.3 million to upgrade school safety. Part of that money will go towards increased active shooter training, building safety, and security training. Range says the district is making sure its schools are the safest place for kids to be.
“We just are doing everything we can to reassure our public that we are doing everything we can to keep kids safe,” says Range.
The district has also done a review of all of its cameras and locks to ensure they are top notch.
“Make sure they’re upgraded, they are working, that we have the ability to lock them quickly. We have done a camera audit on all exterior doors that have cameras and those that don’t so we have a needs assessment of where we need to invest some resources to improve our camera system,” says Range.
Range says the district might test the new visitor screening process before actually implementing it in all of the schools.