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Security Changes in Place at Elementary and Middle Schools

The plans were sped up following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.

Visitors at the Upper St. Clair elementary and middle schools will have to go through a new sign-in procedure in an effort to increase security.

A Raptor system, which has been implemented at the high school for the past several years, has been installed at each school, according to the Upper St. Clair School District website

There are no longer sign-in sheets for visitors. All visitors are required to provide their driver's licenseor other government approved photo ID. A visitor badge will be printed that contains both the visitor's photo and their destination in the building.

The plans to install Raptor were sped up after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.

Raptor is "cutting-edge visitor management technology." The system performs a sex offender background check against the registered sex offender databases for every visitor. Nearly 8,000 schools and community facilities use the Raptor system, according to the school district.

Do you like the Raptor system? Tell us in the comments.

Duke February 04, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I believe all the school districts are over reacting to what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary and I'm afraid to guess what these Raptor systems are costing the taxpayers!
Oren Spiegler February 04, 2013 at 09:33 PM
I hope that this system will be sufficient to boost safety. Security of our students must be paramount. This is an expenditure which should be sanctioned by the community.
PK3 February 05, 2013 at 12:08 PM
This system does nothing for the safety of the students but it sounds good. Since the USCSB cares so much about our children what are they doing to defend and protect our children? We protect our money,the ruling elite and land among other items. What about Jack and Jill?
Liza February 05, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Sounds pretty slick (and expensive!) Yes - the safety of our children is of the utmost importance, but I don't think a Raptor system would have done anything to stop the Sandy Hook tragedy since it was reported that the shooter forced his way into the building.
Glenn Robinson February 05, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Not sure the system is necessary. A simple controlled entry point with containment might be a better option. A visitor would be "buzzed" in to a containment area where they would sign in, have the reason for their visit scrutinized then be "buzzed" into the school. Simple, low tech and it doesn't violate anyone's rights of rely on a potentially incorrect database or "no-fly" list.
Roger February 05, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Meanwhile all the youth sports facilities are wide open to anybody walking into the area. Meanwhile, parents drop their children at places like SHV for an evening of "hanging out." Meanwhile many other places, such as libraries, churches, concert venues, charity walks/runs, and other public gathering places are very open, without anybody being "buzzed" anywhere. Water runs downhill.

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