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New security measures begin at D-304 schools

Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 10:09 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – After implementing a pilot visitor management system at Geneva Middle School North, officials said the system will be permanently implemented there, beginning Aug. 20, as well as at Geneva High School, Geneva Middle School South and Mill Creek Elementary School, Geneva School District 304 officials said.

The new Raptor V-Soft Visitor Management System requires visitors to present identification and be screened before being allowed access to the building. The system is expected to be implemented at the district’s five remaining elementary schools later this school year.

In a prepared statement, Superintendent Kent Mutchler said the implementation of this system is one additional step to enhance the overall security of buildings to provide safe school environments for students and staff.

Visitors to the schools will be required to present a driver’s license or other state-issued identification. A building secretary will enter the identification into the Raptor system.

The identification will be cross-referenced with a database of sex offenders throughout the U.S., as well as any court orders provided to the district to protect students. 

The identification presented will be held in the main office and be returned when the visitor leaves. Those cleared by the V-Soft System will be issued a visitor badge and lanyard that must be visibly worn while in the school and returned to the school office upon leaving. 

If a potential threat is identified, the V-Soft System instantly will alert designated officials, such as administrators and law enforcement. In these cases, visitors will be denied access to the building.  

In addition, visitors to Geneva High School will enter through a newly constructed McKinley Street entrance, which now features a glass enclosure. Visitors will be welcomed by staff and screened by the Raptor system before entering the building.

“We truly hope that all of our parents, volunteers and visitors understand that our purpose for implementing this system is not to restrict their access to our schools but to further safeguard our students,” Mutchler said in a statement. “Given the current climate, we feel confident that parents and volunteers will understand the need for taking such precautions.”

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