Polk County schools will start random weapons checks this year

Polk County schools will start random weapons checks this year
Polk County schools will start random weapons checks this year

BARTOW — Polk County secondary learners can anticipate to see staff members conducting random weapons checks at university entrances as they go back again to university future week, the superintendent introduced Thursday all through a information meeting.

“This was a really small-stage non-intrusive way for us to go on to incorporate more levels of help and security,” Superintendent Frederick Heid said at the college district workplaces on Floral Avenue.

The Business office of Secure Schools is accountable for initiating the random screenings for college students with a metallic-detecting wand.

Protected Universities is staffed underneath a deal with the Polk County Sheriff’s Place of work, which supplies the district with university resource officers, guardians, gang resistance intervention and crossing guards.

Very last university calendar year, the district dealt with 214 weapons on campuses as nicely as 44 firearms. Even so, he claimed the studies were very similar to the pre-COVID years 2017-2019.