SPS Exploring Way to Screen Visitors for After School, Evening Events

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Springfield school officials making a big push to safeguard entrances during the school day are also exploring a process to screen visitors who attend after-school and evening events on campus.

They want to better track visitors and enhance security for school performances, games and activities that draw family, friends, alumni and community members.

Bret Range, executive director for student and school services, said developing a more robust process for vetting visitors at after-hours events is in the early stages. He said no changes are expected during the 2018-19 year.

“This is something we need to study. We need to learn from others,” he said. “We are not the only school district that has large events.”

The Springfield school board made safety a top priority this year, allocating an extra $4.3 million to secure doors, add cameras, expand safety training, and hire more school police officers.

(Story shared by Springfield News-Leader. Read the full article here.)

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