Guilford County installs handheld scanners in high schools

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All secondary schools in Guilford County will soon have an added layer of protection. Before the start of the school year, portable scanners will be installed. The scanners are something the district tested in summer school at two high schools, High Point Central High and Smith High. Guilford County Schools Emergency Management Senior Executive Director Mike Richey said the pilot program was so successful that they will now install the scanners in all 19 high schools. Richey said that during the pilot program, no weapons were found on the students and the children found it easy to use every day on their way to summer school. learning environment,” said Richey. It’s called Evolv Express Screeners and it’s a hands-free system that uses sensors and artificial intelligence to detect weapons. The way they will work is that a student or visitor will walk through the scanner and if something that looks like a weapon is shown on a monitor, then a teacher or administrator will put them aside. When the pilot program was unveiled, Richey pointed out that these were not metal detectors and were much less invasive. . An easy way to screen our kids without subjecting them to undue stress, turmoil, or basically interrupting their school day,” Richey said. ings for years and looking for ways to make schools safer. Richey said six handguns have reportedly been reported on Guilford County school campuses this year. Sales of handguns in America have increased and with it the number of gun deaths. I’m not talking about gun control. I do not discuss this subject. All I understand is that there are more guns on the streets today than there were a few years ago. And so I think the time is right.” “Everything we do on safety and security has to be balanced with the education plan and that’s what makes school safety across the country difficult. , that’s because it can’t be a prison-like facility. Kids don’t learn well in this area, so we have to find that balance,” Richey said. Esser funding was used for these new scanners. If the pilot project is successful, the district will consider installing them in middle schools.

All secondary schools in Guilford County will soon have an added layer of protection. Before the start of the school year, portable scanners will be installed.

The scanners are something the district tested in summer school at two high schools, High Point Central High and Smith High.

Guilford County Schools Emergency Management Senior Executive Director Mike Richey said the pilot program was so successful that they will now install the scanners in all 19 high schools.

Richey said during the pilot program no weapons were found on the students and said the children found it easy to use every day on their way to summer school.

“We were able to screen students, with minimal interference to their school day and their learning environment,” Richey said.

It’s called the Evolv Express Screeners and it’s a hands-free system that uses sensors and artificial intelligence to detect weapons.

The way they will work is that a student or visitor will walk through the scanner and if something that looks like a weapon is displayed on a monitor then a teacher or administrator will remove them.

When the pilot program was unveiled, Richey pointed out that they weren’t metal detectors and were much less invasive.

“He is the one who marked us. An easy way to screen our kids without subjecting them to undue stress, turmoil, or basically interrupting their school day,” Richey said.

As for their need, Richey said they have been paying attention to mass shootings for years and looking for ways to make schools safer.

Richey said six handguns were found on Guilford County school campuses this year.

Richey said, “Right now there’s a proliferation of handguns. Sales of handguns in America have gone up and so has the number of gun deaths. I’m not talking about gun control. I’m not getting into that. All I understand is that there are more guns on the streets today than there were a few years ago. And so I think the time has come.

“Everything we do on safety and security has to be balanced with the education plan and that’s what makes safe schools across the country difficult, that’s because it can’t be a prison-like facility. Kids don’t learn well in that area, so we have to find that balance,” Richey said.

Esser funding was used for these new scanners.

If the pilot project is successful, the district will consider installing them in middle schools.

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