Visitors, volunteers, and vendors seeking to enter school buildings will soon need a valid government ID to do so.
A new electronic visitor management safety system has been installed at the Elementary School, Junior/Senior High School, and district/administration office. Raptor Technologies’ Visitor Management System is used in other school districts throughout the area.
The system instantly screens for and “red flags” sex offenders, custody issues, and banned visitors. The district will always know who is in a building and that individual’s reason for being there, destination, and person they are visiting.
Everyone entering a district building must present a government ID (such as a driver’s license) and scan it into the system.
Once the ID is scanned and cleared, a name tag is printed and guests must wear it throughout their stay in the building. The name tag will include a picture of the guest as well as name, time, date, and destination within the building. If the visitor is red-flagged, Raptor notifies the district immediately. Any violations will be handled discreetly in accordance with school district policy.
When the person’s visit is over, he or she scans the barcode on the printed pass into the system. And that’s it.
“Our new system is part of a long-term plan to increase the safety and security of everyone in our buildings,” said Superintendent Dr. Adam Fineske. “These additional enhancements have included new doors, new exterior keys, and a unified key-fob entry system.”
To get everyone familiar with the system, a “soft launch” begins Monday, Nov. 9. The soft launch will be used to finalize software testing and training of building staff as well as to educate parents and everyone else about the new steps.
Once school reopens Jan. 4 following the holiday break, the system will be fully functional. If visitors, vendors, and volunteers do not present a valid government ID and are not successfully screened, they will not be allowed to enter.
To expedite the screening process during the visitor’s first screening, the Raptor Visitor Management System will register public personally identifying information from their government issued ID, which includes their first name, last name, date of birth, photo, license ID and issuing state where the ID is registered.