Entering a building in the Lake Oswego School District will be a little different this fall, when each building will be equipped with a Raptor visitor management system.
Raptor is a web-based software application that has been developed for the purpose of aiding educational facilities to ensure that people entering the building are legally cleared to access areas in which contact with students will be likely possible.
"Raptor will allow our schools to electronically check all visitors against a registered sexual offender database, produce a visitor badge, and monitor all visitors once inside our buildings," the district said in a release. "The overall goal of implementing Raptor is to better control access to all Lake Oswego school district buildings; thus providing enhanced protection for our students and staff."
Visitors to school buildings will have their identification run through Raptor's system the first time they enter the school. Raptor reads visitor drivers' licenses (or other approved state-issued ID), and compares information to a sex offender database, alerting school administrators of any red flags. Once cleared through the system, a visitor badge is produced that includes a photo.
"Raptor helps our schools keep unwanted visitors out and track visitors that have been allowed in. By proactively alerting personnel to certain potential threats, Raptor allows school administrators and law enforcement personnel to take appropriate steps to keep the students, employees, and visitors safe," said the district statement. "For valid visitors, the system also prints visitor badges that include the visitor's name, photo, date, and destination. Those badges enable personnel within the building to quickly determine if visitors are in areas where they should, or should not, be."
Visitors' IDs only need to be scanned once. In future visits, the Raptor operator would simply find the visitor's name in the system and use the record of the previously-scanned ID to sign the visitor in and print a visitor's badge.
The Raptor visitor management system will be installed at all district schools except Lakeridge Middle School this summer. Lakeridge Middle will receive its system once the rebuild of the school is completed.
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