January 30, 2020
Laramie County School District No. 2 is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen campus safety for students and staff, effective February 3, 2020. Part of keeping students and staff safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times. The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.
Upon entering a district building visitors will be asked to present a US Government issued ID, such as a Driver’s License, which will be scanned into the system. This will be a one-time event. The only information pulled from the ID is the visitor’s name and date of birth. Upon future visits, whether to the same building or any other in the district, the front desk staff will be able to pull your information quickly by name alone. If a parent or guardian does not have a US Government issued ID, the school staff member can use another form of photo identification temporarily and manually enter the visitor’s name into the Raptor system. However, until a US Government issued ID is provided, this will have to be done manually upon every visit.
The Raptor system will be utilized for several different priorities. Primarily, it will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. The Raptor system checks the visitor’s name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. The system will also be utilized to track anyone who is in the building throughout the day, including students who check in and out. In case of an emergency, this will be helpful to ensure that everyone in the building can be accounted for and makes it out. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork or students. It is only for those who will be going past the front desk/office and into the main building areas.
The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor Visitor Management System allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to them and be able to locate those students and visitors in case of an emergency. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.