Raptor Visitor Management System
What is the Raptor System?
Raptor is a visitor management system that enhances school security by reading a visitor's drivers' license, or other approved government issued ID, and comparing information against a sex offender database to alert school administrators if a match is found. Once cleared through the system, a visitor badge is produced that includes a photo, name of the visitor, date and time, and destination.
How does Raptor work?
Raptor compares government-issued ID information to a database that contains registered sex offenders from 50 states as well as local flags placed into Raptor by a school site. In the event of a match, Raptor alerts designated school officials.
What is the purpose of the Raptor system?
Raptor enhances and automates visitor management. By proactively alerting personnel to certain potential threats, Raptor allows school administrators and, at times, the School Resource Officer, to take appropriate steps to keep our students, employees, and visitors safe. For approved visitors, the system prints visitor badges that include the visitor's name, photo, date and time, and destination. Those badges enable personnel within the building to quickly determine if visitors are in areas where they should, or should not be.
Why is Alvord Unified School District using the Raptor system?
The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. Raptor will provide a consistent, standardized system to track visitors and volunteers. This is especially useful during emergencies to know who is on campus. The system quickly prints visitor badges that include a photo, the name of the visitor, time and date, and destination.
Does the school/district have the right to require visitors, even parents, to produce identification before entering the school?
Yes. In accordance with California Penal Code 627.2, school officials are required to know who is on campus and why they are there, particularly when a student is involved (i.e., early pick-up). School officials need to be able to confirm that an individual has the authority to have access to the student. In addition, to requiring visitors to give their name and purpose for visiting, it also requires visitors to present proof of identity.
What types of IDs will work in Raptor?
Raptor is able to scan all U.S. government issued licenses, identification cards, Matricula consular ID cards, permanent resident cars, active military cards, and passport ID cards (not the full passport).
What other information is the school taking from drivers' licenses?
Raptor is only scanning the visitor's name, date of birth, photo, and the last four digits from their ID card for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders and any private alerts at the school, such as restraining orders and custody orders. Additional personal data will not be gathered and no data will be shared with any outside company or organzation.
What does a visitor do if they do not have a government issued ID?
Visitors without a government issued ID will be required to either return with a valid ID or provide their last name, first name, and date of birth for manual entry into Raptor. If a photo is not available in the Raptor system, then the manual entry will not be an option. The visitor would need to return with a valid ID.
Is an ID card scan necessary each time a person comes in the building?
No. After the first scanning at each campus, the office staff would simply find the visitor's name in the system (first or last name look-up) and use the record of the previously-scanned ID to sign the visitor in and print a visitor's badge. This makes check-in much easier after the initial visit. The school office staff is able to view the ID card picture in Raptor to make a visual verification of the person signing in.
What is the check-out process for visitors leaving the school?
The check-out process does not involve scanning the card again. The office staff will simply find the name of the person who is signing out and click a "sign-out" button. This provides a record of entry, departure, and time on any campus. The visitor badge should be returned to the office staff and destroyed.
What if a "hit" on the system occurs? What is the protocol?
The staff member scanning the ID will contact an administrator immediately to confirm that the information is correct. No identified visitor with a positive sex offender "hit" will be permitted onto the campus. California law provides the site administrator with the ability to grant limited, escorted access to a campus where the identified visitor's child attends under specific circumstances and conditions.
Will I be required to complete this process if I am simply dropping off an item in the office for my child?
No, this process is only for persons wishing to enter the campus past the main office.
Where can I obtain a Government-issued form of identification?
For a California license, please visit a local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or go to: www.dmv.ca.gov
For a Military ID card, please go to: www.cac.mil/uniformedservices-id-card
For a Permanent Resident Card, please go to: www.uscis.gov/I-90