All Spartanburg School District Three schools will soon implement OPENGATE, a groundbreaking weapons detection system designed for the automatic screening of people in transit, including their backpacks and bags.
OPENGATE portals will be used inside school buildings and games, as well as high-traffic areas where students, visitors, and the public will gain entry into indoor and outdoor school-related events.
"District Three remains steadfast in keeping safety as our number one priority," Superintendent Kenny Blackwood said. "While our hope is that this detection system isn't needed, anything we can do to keep our students safe is a necessity. OPENGATE can be the additional step to making sure our students and families continue to feel safe."
OPENGATE can operate during a quick-flowing entry line without the need to pull out non-threatening items, making it a seamless process for everyone involved.
"Anything we can do to keep our students safe is the right move to make. Our Board is thrilled to be able to provide this for our District Three families," Board Chairman Chris Jolley said. "We will always prioritize safety."
The District plans to implement the OPENGATE system within the next 6-8 weeks.