In 2023, Forney ISD expanded the random safety screening program as a part of the next phase of ongoing enhancements to our safety and security plan. After thorough research and planning by the Forney ISD Safety Task Force, the district is excited to announce the rollout of the latest, state-of-the-art, weapons detection system called Evolv in our high school, middle and intermediate campuses.
Evolv is an advanced and trusted security program used in the private business sector and for large events across the county. Evolv is the first and only touchless security screening that is 10 times faster than traditional metal detectors, with a welcoming, free-flow experience. Students and event attendees walk through without stopping or handing over their bags. This creates a safe and secure space while ensuring our students feel comfortable.
“Campus security and safety is a top priority and we take it very seriously,” said Forney ISD Superintendent Dr. Justin Terry. “We believe Evolv will allow us to continue to provide a safe environment for our students, teachers, and staff through an efficient, smooth screening process.”
The system is able to spot weapons while ignoring harmless personal items all while visitors simply walk through at a natural pace. Forney ISD will be the 2nd school district in Texas to implement this latest advanced security screening technology.
“Forney ISD is using cutting edge technology to provide yet another layer of security for our students and staff,” said Forney ISD Police Chief Joseph Sanders. “We are proud of the partnership with Evolve and will continue to strive each and every day to provide our Forney Family a safe educational environment where students can learn and flourish.”
These systems will begin arriving in the next few weeks as they are placed on 5th-12th grade campuses for training. Starting with the high school first, Evolv will be rolled out to other campuses over the next few weeks throughout the spring semester. Staff will be trained, and students will be instructed on how to walk through naturally with their backpacks on.