Polk County Schools to implement new system to keep out sex offenders
Officials at Polk County High School have notified parents that the school will soon be implementing a new security system, designed to keep out those who don't belong on school grounds.
A letter sent home with students, posted on the school's Facebook page, says the school will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System this coming year.
The letter says, "The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.
Each time a person enters a school in the district, they'll be asked to present identification, such as a driver's license. That will either be visually or manually scanned into the Raptor system.
If a parent or guardian doesn't have a U.S.-government-issued ID, a school staff member can use any form of identification to manually enter the person's name.
The Raptor system immediately checks whether the person who presented the ID is a registered sex offender. The letter to parents stress that the Raptor system only checks whether the person is on a sex offender registry. It is not able to collect any other data, including whether the person has been arrested for anything else in the past.
Once entry is approved, the person will be issued a badge of identification and the date, which will also explain the purpose of the visit.
People who only need to visit the school to drop off an item or pick up paperwork won't need to go through this process.
The letter concludes, "The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those who may present a danger to our students."