ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – There will be more school resource officers in St. Charles County schools when thousands of kids return to class next Monday, August 22. 

The goal is to better protect students, teachers, and staff members from emergencies like an active shooter. 

St. Charles County Council members originally approved the plan back in June using $2.2 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act or ARPA. 

The additional school resource officers will come from the St. Charles County Police Department. Currently, only nine of the 23 schools in St. Charles County have SROs. However, under this new plan, 14 more school resource officers will be added.  That means every school in unincorporated St. Charles County, Dardenne Prairie, Weldon Spring, and Augusta Elementary School in the Washington School District will have an SRO on campus.  That includes elementary schools which previously did not have any SROs. 

The funding will provide everything from hiring the SROs to giving them the equipment that they need to make sure that they have critical training so they can effectively respond to situations including active shooters. 

The Francis Howell School District Superintendent, Dr. Kenneth Roumpos, praised the SROs saying they know the schools in that district and the campus safety plans. 

We also spoke with the St. Charles County Police Chief and a parent about adding more SROs. 

“Just knowing that we’d have someone on-site if something were to happen, it’s reassuring,” said concerned parent Sean Martin. 

“It’s about the public’s safety, the safety of our kids and after the recent events we’ve seen the last several months, I don’t know how you can argue against this,” explained Kurt Frisz, the Chief of the St. Charles County Police Department. 

We’re told the additional school resource officers will be in place when classes begin next week. 

Authorities said about five more SROs still need to be hired but other St. Charles County police officers have been assigned to schools until the additional hires are completed. 

A St. Charles County spokesperson said those other county police officers will come from areas other than patrol. That means there will be no reduction in patrols while the additional SROs are hired.