Alta-Aurelia to introduce Raptor Technologies

Friday, September 24, 2021

What do a seat belt, a bicycle helmet, and a parachute all have in common? They are all safety measures to keep you safe in the case of an emergency. Parents need to feel that their children are safe when they send them to school and to show how they are doing that; the Alta-Aurelia School district is rolling out a new technology to provide an extra layer of safety for their students.

Raptor Visitor Management System is the name of the product that the district will be using in all of their buildings to ensure safety for students and faculty. An integral part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in the buildings at all times and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. The Raptor system will better allow us to track visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.

“We are just looking to add another layer of security to keep our kids safe,” said Superintendent Bill Walters. “We looked for something that was simple, easy to run, and had multi use. Raptor lets us run a background check on people coming into the building and then provides us with a badge saying where they are going to be going, so it met all of our needs.”

Simple and easy is right, as all visitors will be asked to present a valid driver’s license or state-issued ID, which will be scanned into the system. It is important to note that the Raptor system only scans the visitor’s name, date of birth and photo for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. Additional visitor data from the driver’s license is not gathered nor is the system connected to any other system such as the Department of Motor Vehicles. Therefore, any other information on the ID is not scanned by the system and is not accessible to any of the users. Once entry is approved, the system will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of the visit.

The district has already started a soft roll out of the system, where visitors who come into the buildings have been asked to provide their driver’s license to be scanned and the system is working as it is designed to. In the instance where a visitor does not have identification, as a one-time courtesy can still enter the building, but will be escorted to their destination by a school staff member. The next time they come they will need to have identification to be scanned to enter the building.

“This was very easy to use and very simple to use. It was pretty slick,” said AEA Audiologist Shannon DeMoss. “I will not be surprised to see many more districts throughout the state starting to use a system like this in their buildings.”

If a visitor simply wants to drop off an item at the office or pick something up, they will not need to have identification, as they will not be going any further into the school. If the visitor will be in the building many more times throughout the year, they will not need to have their identification with them every time, as they will be in the system and all they will have to do is to get a badge printed off for them and put it on.

“The safety of our students is our highest priority and these updated visitor protocols provide a consistent way to ensure no one in our schools present a danger to our students,” Walters said of the new system. “We have had a couple of people test it out and they think it has been very good. We are working out the bugs to make sure we are using it the best way to protect our kids.”