The District has chosen Evolv Weapons Detection Systems as an additional layer of safety for our schools. Evolv is very similar to a metal detector; its advantage over a traditional metal detector is that it is able identify weapons that would not necessarily be detected by a metal detector. This system also increases the number of people who can pass through a detector at the same time.
The systems we have installed from Evolv are solely a weapons detection system (similar to metal detectors). We will not be installing or using any facial recognition technology at any of our sites.
We understand that some of you will welcome the news of a weapons detection system, and others will see this as a setback for racial equity and school climate. We want to assure you that we will be closely monitoring our entire screening process to evaluate its effectiveness and its impact on those entering our buildings.
Student & Visitor Screening
All students, staff, and visitors entering a 287 facility will be required to go through one of two entry points where an Evolv Weapon Detection System (WDS) is located. All visitors will be required to go through one entry point and pass through the Evolv WDS. If the system alerts because it detects a potential weapon on someone’s person or in their belongings, a secondary search will be conducted of the area the system indicates as a potential location for a weapon.
Any student that exits the building unchaperoned or temporarily leaves their staff member's view while outdoors must go through the screening process again to re-enter the building.