Kansas City Back To School 2022: Students Endure Security Crackdown

Like it or not . . . Security is a top priority for locals given the rise in school shootings that have taken hold amid the post-COVID return to the classroom.

Sadly, the impact of near police-state style environments on students doesn't get much attention.

Meanwhile . . .

Here's a glimpse at the required focus on student protection . . .

KCPS spends $6.1 million per year on security, more than $5 million of it is for salaries for about 70 people. The district says the rest of the budget is spent on supplies, equipment and training.KCPS shared some of its security protocols . . .

“We will certainly be involving our parents with some of the recommendations that will come forth,” said Jennifer Collier, Interim Superintendent for KCPS. “We want them to be knowledgeable and even understand the why behind our decisions.”

KCPS says its made some security upgrades.Among those include $1 million in upgrades for the server attached to security cameras.It also replaced all the metal detectors in middle and high schools.

KCPS has 24-armed patrol officers, 46-armed site-based security officers and six-armed school resource officers.New this year, KCPS says it'll work with the crisis prevention institute to provide de-escalation training for security officers and school staff.

When it comes to locking doors, administrators say classroom doors lock automatically when shut.The outside doors are kept locked before, during and after school. KCPS says if someone wants to come in, they have to buzzed in and show identification.Other outside doors are controlled through a badge and alarm if they’re held open.

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