Winchester, Virginia’s Handley High School has rolled out a new, automated visitor management system in an effort to better lock down public access to the campus.
According to a report from local new outlet Your4State, Handley High School is the first of the Winchester Public Schools to implement the visitor management system, which both logs visitors into a backend system and prints out adhesive visitor badges. Further rollouts of the system to neighboring campuses are expected in the near future.
The system requires each visitor to present to a campus office their state or federally issued ID. The credentials are then scanned and a visitor badge is printed complete with a photo of the visitor and the campus location the individual intends to visit.
The system also logs visitors in the system so that for any subsequent visits, those individuals will already be housed in the system to expedite the check in process. The system also features a touchscreen that enables first-time visitors to enter their information prior to checking in and receiving their badge to alleviate longer lines.
The visitor management system also requires visitor badges to be scanned when visitors leave campus, as well as tracks and reports the number of visitors coming in and out of the campus each week. It’s a feature that school officials say is important in the event of an evacuation to know who was in the building at a given time.