As the 2015-16 school year begins, schools in Plainview ISD will implement a new electronic security system that requires visitors to scan their driver’s license or identification card and be cleared before proceeding through a building.
Per a report from MyPlainview.com, the school district has chosen the Raptor Visitor Management System. Despite being installed prior to the first day of school, the Raptor system will not be fully implemented until after Labor Day. At that time, schools will begin using it to check visitor’s information near the school’s entrance, alerting campus administrators if a person seeking entry is a potential risk.
The Plainview ISD, which joins other school districts to leverage the Raptor solution, expects the system to allow the provide a consistent and safe procedure to track visitors, contractors and volunteers in schools resulting in a safer environment for students and staff. The Web-enabled Raptor system requires minimal maintenance, logs volunteer hours and enables schools to flag parents who are not allowed to see their children due to custody issues.
Upon arriving at a school, visitors will be asked to present a valid state-issued ID, which will be checked against a national database of registered sex offenders. No other data from the ID is gathered, now is the system connected to other systems such as the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Once a visitor is approved, they will be issued a photo ID badge that is printed out as part of the system. Visitor clearance remains in the system, allowing them to pass through more quickly upon any subsequent visits.
The visitor badge will not be needed for parents to drop off their child or to visit the school office, but visitors seeking to enter other areas of campus will be required to be cleared through the security system or be accompanied by a school staff member when in the building. People who are flagged by the system will be asked to wait to speak with a campus administrator.