Floyd County Schools will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System to improve campus safety for students and faculty starting Monday, Oct. 14. This is a hi-tech replacement to what used to be an old-school visitor sign-in sheet. The new ID card scanning system provides practically instant screening of visitors, contractors, and volunteers for sex offender status and custom alerts such as custody orders.
FCS will join the 22,000-plus schools that use the software in the United States. The Raptor Visitor Management System currently flags over 40 sex offenders per day attempting to enter schools across the country. Custody and other school-specific issues are also a concern, and to date, more than 250,000 custody alerts have been issued nationally. The Raptor System is being piloted at Coosa Middle, Pepperell Middle, Model Elementary, Model Middle, Coosa High, Cave Spring Elementary, and Garden Lakes Elementary beginning Monday. Remaining FCS schools will implement Raptor beginning the first of November.
Upon check-in, each first-time visitor will be required to present their state or federal government-issued identification card. The Raptor system scans the ID and automatically checks each person entering school grounds against the national database of registered sex offenders, as well as against a custom alert database created by each district or school. Once a visitor is cleared by the Raptor system, a visitor badge is printed that includes a photo as well as the individual’s name, date, time of entry, and destination. If a potential threat is identified, the Raptor system sends instant alerts to designated staff via email and text.
“We’re excited to be incorporating Raptor in our schools,” said FCS Chief Safety and Security Officer Rick Flanigen. “People are checking in and out of campus constantly. It’s a revolving door of visitors, volunteers, and vendors, and the Raptor system offers an extra layer of protection. Whether it’s making sure a student is being released to the right parent who has custody or whether a volunteer, visitor, or vendor has been cleared to enter our campus, we know with Raptor we’re doing everything we can to keep our students and faculty safe.”
Says Jim Vesterman, CEO of Raptor Technologies: “Raptor has flagged a staggering 50,000 registered sex offenders attempting to enter K-12 schools. It’s an effective tool to keep kids safe, and simply having the Raptor system in place acts as an important deterrent. A sex offender who knows a school is being protected by Raptor is less likely to try to gain access to that campus.”
The letter to parents of Floyd students:
Floyd County Schools is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and faculty. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.
The Raptor System is being piloted at Coosa Middle, Pepperell Middle, Model Elementary, Model Middle, Coosa High, Cave Spring Elementary, and Garden Lakes Elementary beginning Monday, October 14, 2019. Remaining FCS schools will implement Raptor beginning the first of November.
Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. The Raptor system checks the visitor’s name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. 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. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.
The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.
Richard (Rick) C. Flanigen, MPSA
Chief Safety and Security Officer