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Stillwater News

A letter from the superintendent regarding new Raptor Visitor Management System

May 10, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The Stillwater Central School District’s number one priority, at all times, is to make sure our students and faculty are safe. That is why we are pleased to announce that in September we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools. This system will allow for us to track visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for all.

Upon entering a district building, all visitors will be asked to present a valid state-issued ID, which will be scanned into the system. The Raptor system will then check for sexual offender status. It is important to note that the Raptor system only scans the visitor's name, date of birth and photo for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. Additional visitor data from the driver's license is not gathered nor is the system connected to any other system such as the Department of Motor Vehicles. Therefore, any other information on the ID is not scanned by the system and is not accessible to any of the users. Once entry is approved, a sticker badge will be issued that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. Once you have scanned your license for the first time you will not need to do so again.

A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office, to pick up a student or pick up paperwork. In the event that a person does not have identification, he/she can still be given access to the building, but will have to be escorted by a school staff member.

If you are interested in learning more about the Raptor Visitor Management System, please visit the Raptor Technologies website (www.raptortech.com). If you have any additional questions, please contact me at 373-6100, extension 30022.

We will begin a “soft” roll-out of the Raptor system beginning on May 15, 2017. This means that when you enter district buildings for the remainder of this school year, you will be asked if you would like to register your license in the system at that time. This will carry over to the 2017-18 school year and you would not need to register again in the fall.

Again, the safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor Visitor Management System will consistently help us to keep away people who may present a danger. Thank you for your understanding and support of enhancing school safety protocols in our district.

Sincerely,

Patricia Morris
Superintendent of Schools

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