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Norwin schools introduce new security policy

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Norwin School District officials are trying to improve school security in its seven buildings.

Any visitor, including parents, will have to present a driver's license, which will be scanned through a national criminal-history database, in order to gain entry, starting on the first day of school, Aug. 20.

The new system, called the Raptor Visitor Management System, scans the visitor's driver's license to compare against a national database for criminal history, according to a news release from the school district.

The system will alert office staff to any matches in the database.

It also can alert staff to any protection-from-abuse orders or custody restrictions.

Visitors will be required to wear a temporary identification badge generated by the system. The badge will denote the date and time and include a photo of the person.

The badge also will indicate the visitor's destination. That will help staff spot out-of-place visitors and escort them to the correct place.

Parents who remain in the office, for example, to pick up children for early dismissal still will still be required to have a license scanned but will not be required to wear an identification badge.

The system was discussed last year during Norwin School District Safe Schools Committee meetings.

The committee works to bring together police, parents and other agencies to refine the district's emergency plans and training strategies.

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