Philly school security tries to lessen COVID-19 anxiety at student scans

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Should Philadelphia school students return to their buildings in September, they may find a more welcoming attitude at the security scan.

The School District of Philadelphia is in the process of revising its policy on use of metal detectors. All high schools would still have them to prevent weapons from getting in, but the officers staffing them would be trained to respect the dignity of students. New signage would clearly outline what items are prohibited. 

District safety chief Kevin Bethel told a school board committee last week that, if students have to undergo possible temperature checks or wear masks in school, he doesn't want the metal detectors to make them even more uneasy.