BATAVIA – New security measures went into effect at Batavia School District’s six elementary schools Tuesday. The system already was in place at Rotolo Middle School and Batavia High School.
“It is part of our continuous improvements to ensure the safety of our students,” said Pat Browne, the district’s director of buildings and grounds. “We are always looking at continuous improvements and evaluating where we are at.”
Visitors at all of the district’s schools must present a driver’s license or other approved identification card at the school’s office. The identification then will be cross-referenced with a database of sex offenders throughout the United States.
Once cleared, the individual will be issued a visitor badge, which must be worn while in school and returned to the school office upon leaving. If a potential threat is identified, the system will instantly alert designated officials, such as administrators and law enforcement.
Browne said the district already had been planning to put the system in place at the elementary schools before December’s elementary school shooting in Connecticut. The system has been in place at Rotolo and Batavia High School since 2008.
The system cost about $6,000 to install at all six elementary schools, Browne said.
According to district officials, the system known as Raptor is scanning only the visitor’s name, date of birth and photo for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders and any private alerts at that site.
Additional visitor data will not be gathered, and no data will be shared with any outside company or organization, officials said.