Wilson County Schools to enable new security system next year

Wilson County Schools
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LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Wilson County Schools will implement an enhanced school security system in all of its schools beginning with the 2015-16 school year.

The new system by Raptor Technologies will allow administrators to quickly screen visitors to their school buildings against a national database of registered sex offenders, as well as a custom alert database than can contain custodial alerts for each school or district.

“The safety of our students and faculty at all of our schools has always been a top priority,” said Mickey Hall, deputy director of schools. “With Raptor Technologies, we will be able to know who is in our buildings at all times, and screen visitors to ensure a safe environment for all throughout the district.”

Hall explained that when a visitor first enters a school, he or she will have to present a government-issued photo ID to a front office employee for visual verification and scanning by the Raptor scanner.

Once the ID is scanned, the visitor’s first name, last name and date of birth are instantly and automatically checked against the two databases: one, a database containing the registered sex offenders from all 50 states and U.S. territories, and two, a custom alert database created by each school or district for custody issues, restraining orders, banned visitors, etc.

“It’s important to note that both database checks will still be performed each time a visitor or volunteer enters the campus in the event that any new information appears for that individual,” Hall said.

In addition, the Raptor system also comes with an emergency alert button. The Raptor emergency alert button operates as a silent alarm and allows schools to quickly notify administrators, staff members and first responders of emergency situations.

The new system was made possible by a donation from Coca Cola.

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