Visiting a Somerset County Public School? Better have an ID

System now used to check for sex offenders, track visitors

Crisfield-Somerset County Times
Posted 10/27/21

WESTOVER — Somerset County Public Schools may no longer require temperature checks or health questionnaires for those entering school buildings but visitors are now being asked for a …

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Visiting a Somerset County Public School? Better have an ID

System now used to check for sex offenders, track visitors

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WESTOVER — Somerset County Public Schools may no longer require temperature checks or health questionnaires for those entering school buildings but visitors are now being asked for a state-issued ID to comply with the Raptor Visitor Management System newly implemented on Monday, Oct. 25.

All visitors, volunteers, contractors, etc. entering a school are to report to the office. Their ID will be scanned and checked against sex offender registry databases in all 50 states. Only name, date of birth and photo will be used for this process, and SCPS in its announcement stated that the system is not connected to any other databases.

Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge identifying the visitor, date of visit and purpose. If a person does not have an ID, he or she will be escorted by a school staff member.

According to the company, Raptor technology is used in 35,000 schools serving grades K-12.

Questions about the new system are being addressed at the board office, 410-651-1616 or visit Raptor’s website at www.raptortech.com.