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Raptor Frequently Asked Questions

Filed in Archive by on February 6, 2019

What is the Raptor system?

Raptor is a visitor management system that enhances school security by reading visitor drivers’ licenses (or other approved state-issued ID), comparing information to a national sex offender database alerting school administrators and local police if a match is found. Once cleared through the system, a visitor badge is produced that includes a photo.

How does Raptor work?

Raptor compares state-issued ID information to a database that contains registered sex offenders from 50 states. In the event of a match, Raptor alerts designated school officials.

What is the purpose of the Raptor system?

Raptor helps our schools keep unwanted visitors out and track visitors that have been allowed in. By proactively alerting personnel to certain potential threats, Raptor allows school administrators and law enforcement personnel to take appropriate steps to keep the students, employees, and visitors safe. For valid visitors, the system also prints visitor badges that include the visitor’s name, photo, date, 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 Bethlehem using this system?

The safety of our students is our highest priority. Raptor will provide a consistent system to track visitors while keeping away people who present a danger to students. The system quickly prints visitor badges that include a photo, the name of the visitor, time and date.

Does the School/District have the right to require visitors, even parents, to produce identification before entering the school?

Yes. School officials need to know who is in the building and why they are there. Particularly when a student is involved (e.g. early pickup), school officials need to be able to confirm that an individual has the authority to have access to the student.

What types of IDs will scan in Raptor?

The scanner is able to scan all state licenses, state identification cards, concealed handgun licenses, consular ID cards, green cards, and active military cards. It does not officially scan other countries’ IDs.

Will the district accept passports as a form of ID?

Yes. Though a full passport is not scannable by the Raptor system, the district will use the passport to identify and manually enter a visitor’s name and date of birth.

What other information is the school taking from driver’s licenses?

Raptor is only scanning the visitor’s name, date of birth and photo for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders and any special student instructions. Additional visitor data will not be gathered, and no data will be shared with any outside company or organization.

What does a visitor do if they do not have a government-issued ID?

For the remainder of the 2018-19 school year, visitors without a government-issued ID will be asked to give their name and date of birth to be manually entered into the system and reminded to bring their ID during a future visit. Beginning in September of the 2019-20 school year, visitors without a government-issued ID who have not had their ID previously scanned will be denied access to the school.

Is an ID card scan necessary each time a person comes in the building?

No. An ID card scan through the Raptor system will only be necessary the first time someone comes in the building, after that the visitor’s name and date of birth will be looked up in the system when entering the building.

Does a visitor need to have their government-issued ID scanned in all school buildings?

No. Once a visitor’s ID has been scanned through the Raptor system at one of the school buildings, that visitor’s name and date of birth can be searched in any school building.

What is the checkout process for visitors leaving the building?

The checkout process doesn’t involve scanning the card again. The operator would simply find the name of the person who is signing out and click a “sign out” button. This provides a record of entry and departure time in any school building. The Raptor badge should be returned to the operator and destroyed.

Can more than one person be signed-in at one time?

No. Only one person’s ID can be scanned in at one time. However, multiple people can be signed-out at once.

Will the Raptor System be used for after school activities?

No, the system will only be used during normal school hours, Monday through Friday.