What changes, if any, would you seek in the security system for the schools? Do you favor having armed security personnel in the schools?

Improve Line-of-site, add additional security cameras, add sensors on exterior doors, improve the visitor screening process, ensure adequate maintenance staffing, and update emergency plans/policies. I am not in favor of arming CROs at this time. I’ve found little evidence that arming school staff improves safety or reduces rates of violence at schools. In addition, the decision to arm CROs is a costly one which would require significant policy changes, and improved hiring process. The report noted our district has a strong relationship with the local police and made recommendations that SPS develop and practice emergency response plans when students are not present. This seems like a more cost-effective approach and ensures students do not feel “policed” by arm school staff.