The Waukee School District employed at new visitor management system on Monday, Feb. 24. The Raptor visitor management system will enable each school building to screen all visitors against sexual offender registries in all 50 states and will help establish a consistent sign-in process across the district.
"The Raptor Visitor Management System is worthwhile because it is a step toward further enhancing our security procedures," says Waukee High School Principal Kirk Johnson.
The new system requires all visitors, including parents, to report to the office upon their arrival at the school and present their driver’s license or other state or federally-issued ID. A secretary or other office staff member will electronically scan the barcode of the ID; the Raptor system will then look for any matches on state sexual offender databases. If a match is identified, the building principal or designated representative will immediately be notified and respond according to district procedures.
"The system is easy to use and will help us at the building level because, in the event a match is identified, the system notifies multiple school officials immediately," Johnson explains. "We will then be able to react to the match in a timely manner."
If no match is identified, the visitor will be issued a date-specific visitor’s badge, which will include their name, photograph, and destination. These badges must be worn at all times on school grounds as all school personnel have been directed to escort anyone not wearing a badge to the office. Children who do not have a valid ID may be allowed to visit as long as they are accompanied by an adult who has completed the check-in.
Upon leaving the school, visitors are to stop back at the office to turn in their badge, which will then be destroyed so that it cannot be reused. "Implementation of the Raptor system in our school buildings adds another layer of safety and protection for our students," says Dr. David Wilkerson, Superintendent of Waukee Community Schools. "We’re pleased to be able to add this as we continue to keep student safety at the forefront of our planning."
Visitors will only be required to provide a photo ID on their first visit to a building but must check in and receive a visitor’s badge each time they visit that building. Once a visitor has registered using the electronic scanning process, a "quick find" feature allows school personnel to manually update the individual’s status and issue a visitor new badge.
"My hopes for the system is that it advances our efforts to proactively take steps to keep Waukee students safe," Johnson shares.
Currently there are three registered sex offenders living in the Waukee zip code (50263). Each of these individuals do live within one mile of Waukee High School, Waukee Middle School, and South Middle School; two and a half miles of Waukee Elementary School; and within four miles of both Schuler Elementary and Maple Grove Elementary Schools.