Austin-East Magnet High School will search students and use metal detector wands beginning on Wednesday

Austin-East Magnet High School announced Monday they will be increasing security as students return for in-person classes on Wednesday, April 21.
Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 7:30 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2021 at 10:45 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -Austin-East Magnet High School will begin searching students and using metal detector wands when students return in-person on Wednesday, April 21.

On Monday, April 19, Austin-East High School announced it would extend virtual learning through Wednesday, April 21. The school said learning would take place “asynchronously” so students have an opportunity to participate in grade-level class meetings with their advisory classes.

According to a release sent from Austin-East principal Nathan Langlois, students will be on a staggered schedule for a 90- minute session. Students in the 9th and 10th grade will attend in the morning from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. and then will be dismissed to go home. Students in 11th and 12th grade will attend in the afternoon from noon-1:30 p.m. and then will be dismissed to go home.

The school announced that students will continue to enter through the Performing Arts wing during arrival and dismissal.

The high school will be implementing the following additional safety measures as students return to the building on Wednesday:

• All students will be searched and wanded by school security upon arrival daily.

• All entrances/exits will be alarmed.

• Personnel will be assigned to appropriate outside locations.

The clear backpack policy will remain in place.

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