Safety & Security

At Kent ISD, the safety and security of our students and staff is among our top priorities. This is not only because it is our responsibility to protect the physical well-being of every student in our facilities, but because we know that students can only learn at their best when they feel safe. 

Maintaining security at our many student programs requires that staff and students have the knowledge and resources to respond to emergency situations. Additionally, measures such as Ident-A-Kid ID scanning software help us monitor and preempt security issues before they escalate. Here, we have outlined just a few of the measures we have in place to address everyday safety concerns and emergency event response.

Student Buildings and Facilities

  • Dedicated School Security Officers (SSOs)
    • In 2021 we doubled the number of SSOs at Kent ISD, replacing previously contracted security officers.
  • Implementation of Ident-A-Kid kiosks at all ISD Schools
    • Ident-A-Kid software is used to scan the state-issued ID of all visitors, documenting who is on campus and identifying persons on the national sex offenders registry.
    • A State issued ID is now required for visitor entry in all student buildings except under special circumstances. For instructions on obtaining a state ID, follow this link:  How to Get an Official MI State ID
  • Evacuation & Reunification Plans
    • In the event of an emergency at one of our student buildings, evacuation of students and reunification with their parent/guardian may be required.  As part of our Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), Kent ISD has developed detailed evacuation and reunification plans for all of the ISD’s school campuses. Please note that specific reunification information will come from your student's school/program.

Administrative Building (ESC)

  • Security Updates to Front Entrance
    • Additional security measures have been put in place at the front entrance and other areas of the building. 
    • Visitors will soon be required to sign in at the front desk and a re-configuration of the reception area is planned to further enhance building safety.

Trainings and Partnerships

  • Regular Training and Security Protocol Updates
    • Trainings include tabletop and drill exercises in active shooter response, classroom defense, campus evacuation and other scenario based exercises.
    • We also collaborate with our local districts to provide security training and PD opportunities.
  • Partnerships with Law Enforcement
    • We work closely with local law enforcement to establish security protocols and emergency response tactics.
    • Kent ISD security staff meets with local law enforcement leaders monthly, including local chiefs and Sheriff, MSP Command Officers and federal agency heads.

Please Note: the security measures described on this page pertain specifically to student programs directly operated by Kent ISD, such as Kent Career Tech Center, Kent Transition Center, MySchool@Kent, Kent Innovation High, our Adult Education programs, and our Special Education Center Programs.

While Kent ISD may provide PDs, trainings, and security consultation to our member districts and schools, these entities maintain their own security protocols. Please consult your student's home district or school for their specific security information.