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Four schools test visitor management system

By Michael Schwanke, mschwanke@kwch.com
Hali Rowland, Eyewitness News Producer, hrowland@kwch.com
Published On: Apr 28 2014 03:49:17 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 28 2014 06:29:14 PM CDT
WICHITA, Kan. -

Four Wichita Public schools will be testing two systems that are designed to make schools more safe.

The first, 'Hall Pass', will be piloted by Southeast High and Christa McAuliffe Academy. 'Lobby Guard' will be piloted by Curtis Middle School and Caldwell elementary.

The testing will begin on April 28, and will last until May 16.

In a press release, Susan Arensman said the systems will be located in the front office.

How it works:

  • Visitors will be required to sign in
  • A school official will scan the visitors drivers license or gov-issued ID
  • The system uses the ID to screen for sex offenders on a national database
  • All visitors receive a custom-printed photo ID badge to wear while at the school

Frequent visitors will receive a key fob to allow for a quicker check-in. Those using the key fob will still be screened by the system each time.

The program will also help schools tracks the number of hours volunteers contribute at the schools working with students each day.

Wichita Public Schools will select a system to implement in the fall district-wide after hearing parent and staff feedback.

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