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KCK schools considering cameras in classrooms, more access NARCAN

KANSAS CITY, Ks. (KCTV) – The Kansas City, KS Public Schools Board of Education will consider a pair of measures on Tuesday evening that would put cameras in classrooms and increase access to NARCAN in the event of opioid overdose.

The camera policy would give students who cannot be in class on any given day the opportunity to view and participate in the lesson. Administrators believe adding cameras to the classroom will help bounce back from the pandemic to increase teaching tools and address the unpredictability of students skipping class.

Proponents of this measure claim that this addition would ensure equitable access to education. Lessons will be shared with students and in multiple classrooms across the district to create equitable peer-to-peer learning opportunities with students within school walls.

While also helping most-at-risk students attend live classes, the district may have been forced to hire long-term substitute teachers. Rashid Hoda, Director of Technology and Information Services, Dr. Zachary Conrad, Executive Director of the Department of Assessment, Research and Evaluation, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Judith Campbell lead the discussions.

If cameras in classrooms are approved, installation would cost the district $6 million.

The Board is also prepared to review the school district’s Narcan access policy.

Currently, the policy is to help anyone who may be suffering from an opioid overdose by following district protocols and procedures. Trained staff members should make all reasonable efforts, using Narcan and artificial respiration to resuscitate anyone on school property. Training is provided by the health department and trained registered nurses for those who are authorized to give Narcan nasal spray which will be stocked inside schools. School Resource Officers will carry Narcan with them at all times.

Signs and symptoms to look for include: pinpoint pupils, loss of consciousness, slow shallow breathing, choking noises, slow pulse, etc. It only takes three to five minutes without oxygen for brain damage to occur.

This will be the third reading by council of the agenda item to put the lifesaving spray in schools.

The Board of Education meeting is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the KCK Public Schools Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, KS. Click here to see a copy of the agenda.

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