South Allegheny district buys computers to track visitors
South Allegheny School District is adding visitor management technology to secure access to all three of its buildings.
In an 8-0 vote on Wednesday, with director Pete Miller absent, the board approved the purchase of three Raptor Technologies systems for $5,217. That includes fees for software access and database setup, badges, ID scanners and printers.
It covers a second computer to run as a kiosk for returning visitors to print their own badges.
Raptor Technologies is described as the nation's leading K-12 visitor management software. The system is able to screen instantly for convicted criminals who are not permitted on school property while managing visitation for families, students, faculty and volunteers.
The Raptor system is in place in more than 8,000 facilities across the United States, including schools, recreation complexes and museums.
Superintendent Wayne Gdovic said it will bring an added layer of security to the district's buildings.
“The Raptor system is currently being used in the Brentwood Borough School District, a district very similar to ours in size,” he said.
With the new identification system, parents and visitors must have a valid form of Pennsylvania identification to enter any building, public relations coordinator Laura Thomson said.
“The Raptor system will run a background check on each visitor and will screen for registered sex offenders in all 50 states, and can also screen for individuals with restraining orders, custody issues, or for any custom alert,” Thomson said. “If a potential threat is identified, the Raptor system sends instant alerts to designated officials. When a visitor is cleared, the Raptor system prints an identification badge, which will include the visitor's name, photo, date, time and destination.”
Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or email@example.com.
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