An additional layer of safety will be added to all campuses in the El Paso Independent School District starting next week, when visitors will be required to have their official ID cards scanned before they’re allowed inside.
The new safety program uses scanners developed by Raptor Technologies to determine whether a specific visitor to a school is a registered sex offender. If cleared, the program will print a badge that contains the visitor’s name, photograph and destination, as well as the date of the visit.
Appropriate forms of identification include driver’s licenses, state-issued identification cards, military identification cards and consulate-issued passports.
Until now, visitors to most schools in EPISD were routed into the front office where personnel would ask them to sign in and they were given a generic visitors badge before they were allowed to enter the school.
EPISD schools will adhere to the new scanning-system of checking in visitors, so parents and other community members who do business with the District should expect to be asked for their official identification card.
Also, parents who have arranged for relatives to pick up their children from school outside of regular dismissal hours should inform them that a valid ID will be required to sign-out the student. The ID card will be scanned using the Raptor Technologies software.
The District on Monday will begin a pilot period under the new visitor management system.
While parents and visitors will still be asked to provide an ID card, no one will be turned away if they do not have proper identification. An administrator or designee will ask a series of questions related to their visit and determine whether access should be granted, as well as whether an escort is needed.
EPISD’s Safe and Secure Manager will monitor the sign-in procedure during its pilot period for the rest of the year and determine whether adjustments are needed.