RCPS board members updated on safety before heading back to school

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Leaders at one of the biggest school districts in our region received an update about plans and upgrades Tuesday night.

The former Roanoke Chief of Police Chris Perkins is now the head of security for schools. This will be his first full school year. 

Perkins said he has no doubt the safety of the students is the number one priority coming into this school year.
 
At the school board meeting Tuesday they discussed upgrading the remaining elementary schools with digital radios with money from a school security equipment grant. They also want to plan a community disaster drill and need to figure out logistics. 

Members have picked student winners for a stop bullying poster contest. 

Perkins said they have evaluated safety conditions at each and every school and want to advise the students and parents the Roanoke City Public Schools are safe.

“We did an excessive amount of work looking at the physical plans of each school making sure those physical plans were at the point we need to be to promote the best safety for our staff and students and visitors to those schools,” said Chris Perkins. 

Another item discussed at the school board meeting was having Narcan available at every school even elementary schools. 

Narcan is the only FDA approved nasal spray that is an emergency treatment for a drug overdose. 

They say there has never been a need for the treatment in the schools before but they would have it as a precaution. 

All staff would have to be trained on how to administer the treatment. The idea was brought up at the meeting and the board does not have any plans to vote on this anytime soon.

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