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Five NCSD Schools to ‘Screen and Track’ All Visitors Using New System Starting in Spring 2021
December 14, 2020 | By Brendan LaChance
CASPER, Wyo. — Five campuses in the Natrona County School District will pilot the implementation of a new visitor screening system and emergency management system starting in spring 2021.
The NCSD Board of Trustees on Monday approved a contract with Raptor Technologies to implement the systems at the following campuses:
- Kelly Walsh High School
- Dean Morgan Junior High
- Midwest School
- Paradise Valley Elementary School
- NCSD Student Support Campuses
The contract is for the period between Jan. 1, 2021 and Jan. 1, 2022 and is not to exceed $39,342, according to NCSD.
The system checks visitors “instantly against the most reliable and up-to-date U.S. sex offender databases in all 50 states, while checking visitors against custom school or district databases that can contain custodial restrictions and/or banned visitors,” NCSD says.
“The system is designed to notify the administration and those given access in the system when someone who should not be on campus is trying to enter the building,” NCSD said.
In addition, the system “creates a printable/accessible log to identify who is coming in, at what time, and how often.”
The emergency management system works to keep track of students and staff during drills as well as emergency situations.
“Currently, administrators log drills into a digital spreadsheet before and after an event,” NCSD says. “This system would use real-time [data] to update and log drills across the district. This is especially significant when trying to reunify students that have had to leave a school: Raptor Technologies provides a system that will allow us to connect guardians and parents with their children through integration with Infinite Campus, no matter the location across the county.”
The system also provides first responders and staff with access to maps of school buildings, emergency operations plans and other emergency documents on their mobile devices.
NCSD adds that the Raptor systems also feature a “mobile panic button alert system.” That system can be directly linked to first responder agencies in the county “ensuring real-time coordination.”
The Raptor Technologies systems have been implemented at over 35,000 schools across the county, according to NCSD. That includes schools in other districts in Wyoming including in:
- Albany County
- Campbell County
- Laramie County
- Sweetwater County
- Carbon County
- Converse County
- Lincoln County
- Sheridan County
- Unita County
NCSD added that the Board of Trustees will be able to monitor the implementation of the systems as they are rolled out in 2021. If the systems are seen as successful when implemented at the pilot campuses, the systems could then be rolled out district wide.