Raptor system will screen school visitors

JCSS staff train on the RAPTOR system May 3.

JCSS staff train on the RAPTOR system May 3. The visitor screening process will have a “soft roll out” at the end of the 2016-17 school year with full implementation in 2017-18.

The Jackson County School System is in the process of a “soft rollout” of an additional layer of security in its schools, and training for staff was held May 3.

The Raptor system will provide visitors to the schools with badges, printed in the front office at check in, that display the visitor’s photo.

All visitors should expect to be asked for a photo ID upon entering the building in the coming weeks; the system will be fully operational with the start of the 2017-2018 school year in August.

Raptor offers “a comprehensive suite of tools all designed around a singular purpose: to protect every child, every school, every day,” according to information provided by school officials.

The visitor management system “screens visitors against the sex offender registries in every state, and against each school’s database for custody issues and other customized alerts. Every visitor, vendor, and volunteer that enters a Raptor-protected school is screened instantly and automatically.”

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school.