Perry High School is now one of some 28,000 schools nationwide protecting its students, faculty and staff with a Raptor Technologies school security system.
The Raptor Visitor Management System screens and tracks everyone coming into PHS and keeps out unwanted visitors. The system screens for sex offenders, alerts staff in the event of custody violations and provides district-wide reporting of all visitors.
“It scans it for sex offenders,” said PHS Administrative Assistant Wendy Greimann-Goodale, “but if we’re not comfortable and feel like something’s not right, we can hit an alarm button,” alerting the Perry Police Department School Resource Officer and administrative authorities to respond to the front office.
“It’s a good way track and see who was here, who our visitors are,” Greimann-Goodale said, as she demonstrated the Houston-based Raptor Technologies LLC scanning software. A visitor’s driver’s license is scanned into the Raptor system, which produces a visitor’s badge in the form of a photo ID. Once in the system, return visitors are easily processed through the office.
The process takes little more than one minute. It took this reporter longer to extract his driver’s license from his billfold than it took Greimann-Goodale to scan the license and produce the badge.
If the trial run of the Raptor system works well at PHS, the technology will be extended to the Perry Middle School and Perry Elementary School.
“So far, so good,” Greimann-Goodale said. “It’s a step in the right direction of keeping our campus secure.”