By Jill Penley
Providing safety and security in our nation’s schools is a continual effort, and a new system is now operational that is expected to give additional protection to Johnson County students. The electronic system, known as ‘Raptor,’ alerts school officials and local law enforcement if a registered sex offender attempts to enter the building.
“The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students,” explained Dr. Mischelle Simcox, Director of Schools, in a letter distributed to parents. “The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.”
Angie Wills, who serves as safety coordinator and Supervisor of Elementary Education, explained how the process works emphasizing that upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present identification such as a state driver’s license, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system.
“If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system,” said Wills.
The Raptor system will search a database to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering school campuses without knowledge of school administrators. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system.
“No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded, and the information is not shared with any outside agency,” said Wills, adding that once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of the visit.
“A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork,” she said.
Raptor has pioneered many of the most effective school safety technologies in the country since 2002, and is trusted by more K-12 schools than every other system in the country combined.
Over the years, Raptor has reportedly continued to lead the way by expanding into innovative new applications backed by our unrivaled customer service.
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