Among the new faces at Leavenworth High School this year will be armed security guards.

Among the new faces at Leavenworth High School this year will be armed security guards.

The school district is adding two high school security guards who will carry firearms and Taser guns.

“They are all retired Leavenworth police officers,” said Amy Sloan, the district’s executive director of human resources and support services.

One of the armed security guards already is working at the high school. The second will start in the new position at the school after finishing his time at another job.

The armed security guards are joining a school resource officer, an armed member of the Leavenworth Police Department who already is assigned to the high school.

This past spring, the Leavenworth Board of Education voted to arm two security guards at Richard Warren Middle School. These security guards also are retired officers of the Leavenworth Police Department.

At the time, district officials had the goal of adding security resources at the high school, Sloan said.

She said a majority of active shooter incidents and other school threats happen at the high school and middle school level. She said data shows that threats at middle and high schools typically are internal.

Threats against elementary schools tend to be external.

“All of our buildings are locked down all the time,” Sloan said.

She said district officials are still looking at ways to increase security for elementary schools. She said district officials have discussed with the Leavenworth Police Department the possibility of an additional school resource officer as well as patrol officers making more frequent visits to elementary schools.

Sloan said district staff also have been going through training regarding how to respond to threats from intruders. The training focuses on a philosophy for intruder response that has been followed by the district for seven or eight years.

The district also has launched a new check-in and check-out system for its schools. Sloan said the new system is more robust than the one previously used in the schools.

Sloan said a company will be providing a threat assessment for the schools this fall. She said the assessment will be helpful with planning construction and renovations that will come as a result of a bond issue approved earlier this year.

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