New visitor identification system in place at school offices

Parents and visitors to B-P schools should plan to spend a few extra minutes in the main office before heading to their destinations. That’s because the district has installed new Raptor visitor identification systems in each school office and is requiring all visitors to be vetted through the system before they are allowed to enter the rest of the building. The Raptor systems are part of an ongoing effort to improve the security of Broadalbin-Perth schools.

When a visitor enters the main office, school staff will ask them for a government ID (driver’s license or permit, military ID, etc.) and instruct them to insert the ID into the Raptor system. Raptor will scan the ID and use it to search local and government databases, including the sex offender registry. Office staff will be able to see the results from the scan on a computer before approving the creation of a dated visitor ID badge.

Visitor information will be stored locally, so returning visitors will not have to scan their ID each time they come to the school. Returning visitors will still have to give their name and wear a photo ID badge when they are in the schools.

Through the capital project, schools will become even more secure. When construction is complete, each main office will feature a transaction window, and the instant background check process will be completed before visitors even enter the main office.