Rutherford County Schools, Murfreesboro, Tenn., have rolled out the Raptor Visitor Management System that scans visitors’ driver license and compares it to a national database before entering school grounds, according to dnj.com.
All elementary and middle schools this school year rolled out the new program that requires visitors to present a government-issued photo ID before leaving the front office area. The visitor’s ID is kept in the front office and exchanged for a printed sticker with a photo of the visitor on it, which must be given back before leaving the school.
Raptor automatically checks the sex-offender registry in all 50 states, and it can also screen for individuals with restraining orders, custody issued, suspended or expelled students, known gang members, or for any custom alert.
If a person scans their ID and it comes back that they are a registered sex offender or are not allowed on campus, the program alerts the student resource officer, the principal or anyone the school designates to receive the alert.
Before an ID is presented and scanned, visitors must also be buzzed in from outside. Front-office workers have cameras to see who is at the door, and they ask about the reason for coming to the school before allowing the visitor to enter.
Some parents have expressed irritation with the amount of time it takes to sign in, but for the most part parents agreed that the extra step of scanning visitor IDs made them feel safe.
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