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Fargo Public Schools Tests New Security System for Visitors

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Fargo Public Schools tests new security system for visitors

March 3, 2021 by Raya Quttaineh

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) Fargo Public Schools is testing out new security measures to keep students and staff safe.

Lewis & Clark and Lincoln Elementary Schools are piloting a new system called Raptor Technologies.

The technology replaces the paper and pencil sign-in system currently in place.

Visitors will use their drivers license or state ID to sign in electronically.

The system then uses that information to check sex offender databases and ensures theres no custody alert for the person signing in.

To me, since Ive stepped into this role, Ive always seen those paper and pencil sign-in sheets as a disadvantage for us. Its very easy to write someone elses name down or scribble your name in; its very illegible,explained Fargo Public Schools Safety & Emergency Management Coordinator Mackenzie McCormick.

Funding for the initiative is still pending.

McCormick says those who forget an ID will be signed in manually on the new system.

Both Moorhead and West Fargo Public Schools already use similar technology.