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This is the secure entryway at CPS' Aslin administration building on Worley. CPS' Michelle Baumstark says their newer buildings are designed and built with this concept (June 13, 2022 photo courtesy of CPS' Michelle Baumstark)

CPS briefs Columbia’s school board on building safety improvements

This is the secure entryway at CPS’ Aslin administration building on Worley. CPS’ Michelle Baumstark says their newer buildings are designed and built with this concept (June 13, 2022 photo courtesy of CPS’ Michelle Baumstark)

Columbia’s school board has listened to a detailed presentation about numerous safety and security upgrades at the district in the past four years.

The board discussed the issue at Monday’s meeting and listened to a detailed power point presentation. The board  learned that progress has been made on proximity card readers. CPS says only six buildings remain.

The board also heard about the district’s digital security technician, who oversees cameras and new technology. CPS now has about 1,300 cameras, according to the power point presentation. The board also learned that all CPS staff participate in training and drills every year, which is now required by law. CPS also participates in fire, earthquake and severe weather drills like tornado drills.

The district also says Narcan is now available in all CPS high schools as well as all secondary schools. Narcan is used to treat opioid overdoses in emergency situations.

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