August 10th, 2016

This article originally appeared on WSYX ABC 6, and was written by Mike McCarthy. To view the original article, click here.


REYNOLDSBURG — As students returned for a new year at Reynoldsburg City Schools Wednesday, visitors faced an increased level of security.

Anyone visiting school buildings had present a valid state-issued ID, such as a driver’s license, which gets scanned by the district’s new visitor management system.

ABC 6’s Mike McCarthy checked out the system. Watch his full report for how it works.

The Raptor Technologies system compares the visitor’s name, date of birth, and picture with a national database to identify sex offenders.

If any problems are found, then an instant alert is issued, Director of Safety and Security Nick Keisel said. Key personnel, including Keisel and building administrators, also are notified with an email.

The system doesn’t record any other details from an ID, and the data is stored and encrypted online by Raptor, he said.

Visitors are given a badge with their name, picture, date, and reason for their visit.

Keisel said no security incident prompted the security change.

“We’re always looking at more ways to keep students and staff safe,” he said.

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