RAPTOR VISITOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
SGASD Launches New Safety Screening Process for School Visitors
The District has been proactive in implementing a layered approach to school safety and recently has taken steps to add another important safety tool. The Raptor Visitor Management System soft launch will go into effect on May 13, 2019, and will better allow us to screen visitors in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.
During the soft launch, visitors who do not have a photo ID with them, but have been approved by the main office, will still be allowed to enter a school building beyond the main office. Parents are encouraged to have their ID scanned during the soft launch period. The full launch and implementation of the Raptor Visitor Management System will occur in August 2019. In August, visitors who do not have a photo ID or have not had their photo ID scanned into the Raptor system will not be permitted in the school beyond the main office. Photo ID will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.
HOW IT WORKS
- Upon entering a district building during school hours, visitors will be asked to present an ID, such as a driver’s license, that will be entered into the Raptor system. If a visitor does not have a U.S. government-issued ID, the school staff member can use an alternate form of identification. The Raptor system checks the visitor’s name and date of birth with the national database of registered sex offenders.
- Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit.
- Once the visitor’s ID has been scanned once into the Raptor system, each SGASD school building can access the information without having to scan the ID again.
The District recognizes that privacy and confidentiality are important to our visitors and that is why we want to emphasize that 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.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols of our district.