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Oregon schools implement new security system

The Oregon School District has implemented a new visitor and volunteer security system for the coming school year, which begins Thursday, Aug. 15. 

The Raptor Visitor Management System will be used in all school buildings in an effort to strengthen campus safety for students and faculty. 

The Raptor system offers improved screening of visitors, contractors, and volunteers entering the buildings.

“Raptor scans a government ID and compares it to the sex offender database,” said Superintendent Tom Mahoney. “The system accepts all state-issued licenses and identification cards. It also accepts concealed handgun licenses, permanent resident cards, active military cards, and passport ID cards.”

Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a driver’s license, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system.

“We can manually enter information for someone who forgot their ID,” Mahoney said. “After a successful scan, the system prints out an ID sticker for the visitor to wear.”

Raptor will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering the school campuses undetected.

“We can also use the system for volunteer background checks where, in addition to the sex offender database, the system will run the name through the criminal database,” he said.

Visitors who fail to produce a photo ID will not be granted access to the buildings beyond the office. 

A visitor’s badge is not necessary for those who visit to drop off an item or pick up paperwork.