Tennessee’s Clarksville-Montgomery County School district is joining a growing number of K-12 districts to implement visitor management systems on campus. Now, visitors to the county’s campuses must present a valid state or federal photo identification in order to gain entry to school premises.
According to a report from The Leaf-Chronicle, the school system is upgrading on-site security measures with a new visitor management system and sign-in process. The system is intended to add an extra layer of security at schools’ exterior entry points.
The new visitor management system will enable real-time checks against state and national sex offender databases, as well as create personalized ID badges for visitors, complete with a photo of the badge holder.
Visitors will have to produce a state or a government photo identification card to the school’s front desk, at which point the ID will be scanned and sent to the visitor management system and sex offender databases. The system will also screen visitors with private alert data entered by the school on custody issues and restraining orders.
School officials insist that the visitor management system is not a background check, and that no other forms of criminal information — traffic tickets, warrants, felonies, etc. — are searched for or provided.