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Raptor Technologies Questions and Answers

What is the Raptor system?

Raptor is a visitor management system that enhances school security by scanning visitor drivers’ licenses (or other approved state-issued ID), screening against the registered sex offender databases in all 50 states and alerting school administrators and School Resource Officers (SROs) if a match is found. Once cleared through the system, a visitor badge is produced that includes a photo, the date and the reason for the visit. The system also keeps a log of all visitors to the building.

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 and School Resource Officers (SROs). In addition, the Raptor System keeps a log of all visitors to the building to help our school office staff know who is in our buildings in the event of a drill/emergency.  

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 School Resource Officers (SROs) 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. These badges enable personnel within the building to quickly determine if visitors are in areas where they should, or should not, be.

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

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 work in Raptor?

The scanner is able to scan all state licenses, state identification cards, consular ID cards, green cards, active military cards, and passport cards (not the full passport). 

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 private alerts at the school. 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 he/she doesn’t have a government-issued ID?

Visitors without a government-issued ID will be asked a series of questions by Administration prior to being manually entered into the system by a school Secretary.

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

It is always a good practice to have your ID with you. However first-time visitors after September 11, 2019 need to scan their ID. Once you have completed the initial ID card scan, you will considered a returning visitor and use our Kiosk mode to sign-in . 

What is the checkout process for visitors leaving the building?

Visitors can check out with their ID or barcode on their label upon exiting the building. Check out can occur with the building secretary or at the Kiosk in the vestibule. 

Will the Raptor System be used for after school activities?

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