Security Screening at Schools

  • The safety of staff and students is our number one priority.

    Beginning on August 12, 2024, students and visitors at all high school and random middle school campuses will be screened using a high-tech security scanner system. For more information on this enhanced security screening procedure, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.

    As a reminder – with the exception of authorized law enforcement and school district security personnel – firearms of any kind are not allowed on School District of Manatee County (SDMC) property per School Board Policy 1217 Weapons. All students and visitors entering School District property may be required to submit to a weapons detector screening to ensure no weapons are brought onto the premises. Bags, purses, backpacks, etc. may also be screened using metal/weapon detecting wands, a firearms detection canine, and/or by hand. Refusal to cooperate with the screening procedure will result in denial of entry (and/or disciplinary action for the student).

    Thank you for your cooperation.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why did SDMC select the Evolv Express system?

  • Does the School District have the right to search a student and their belongings?

  • What do students need to do when they enter the school?

  • What about students carrying band instruments or other bulky items?

  • What happens if someone refuses to be screened?

  • Will security screenings occur at public events held in the school?

  • Does the screening system use facial recognition?

  • Is the screening system safe?

  • What is the procedure for pregnant women and others with health concerns?