OpenGate Weapon Detection Information

Parents and Guardians, 

I hope everyone had the opportunity to check in with their child’s teachers today.  If not, I encourage you to check their grades via PowerSchool and follow up with the teacher if your child is struggling or not being challenged.   
In January 2024, the school district approved the implementation of a new weapons screening program called OpenGate Weapon Detection System by CEIA USA. The devices arrived, and we are ready to begin our training of staff and students. 
On Tuesday, we will have assemblies at the secondary school to introduce the screening process to students. This will ensure the process is efficient and non-threatening. Tuesday morning will be a normal student arrival. On Wednesday morning, we will screen students as they enter the school building. We expect that there will be minimal disruptions to the arrival process and the beginning of the school day. However, we will make adjustments if any delays occur. 
Our initial implementation is planned for the Junior-Senior High School, but the screenings will be utilized at both school buildings on random days at entrances or when deemed necessary by the school police officers or the administration.  We will follow a similar procedure at the elementary school before implementing the arrival screenings.     
The OpenGate screeners are non-intrusive weapons screeners that can screen large crowds in a short amount of time. The detectors are intended to screen students as they enter the school building for objects with the physical characteristics of a weapon. It is important to note that these devices are similar to those used at sporting events, concerts, amusement parks, and schools throughout the country. 
The OpenGate Weapons Detection system is an additional measure aimed at improving the safety of all students, faculty, and staff. We remain diligent in our safety and security efforts with training, drills, technology, personnel, and awareness. We appreciate your cooperation as we work together to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for everyone. 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by email ([email protected]) or phone (814-255-8715).