Visitor Management System

At Howell Public Schools, the safety of our students is our top priority.  To support this, in the fall of 2018 the district applied for and was awarded a Michigan State Police School Safety Grant to increase security in our buildings. One of the items included in the grant was a new visitor management system from Raptor Technologies. This system will enable us to better screen visitors and volunteers in our schools and provide a safer environment for our students and staff.  

In the spring of 2019, we conducted a pilot of the system at one elementary school to learn the system and improve our process. We are now ready to roll the system out in all of our buildings. 

When visiting our our schools, visitors will still utilize the door buzzer to gain access to the building during the school day; however, the visitor sign-in process will look different. Once you enter the office to sign-in, you will be asked for a government-issued ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. The system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school without our knowledge.  The system checks the visitor's name and date of birth using a national database. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded, and the information is not shared with any outside agency. If for any reason you do not have a US government-issued ID, the office staff can use any form of identification and manually enter your name into the system. After your first visit, your information will be stored in the system for a quicker check-in on subsequent visits. 

Once entry to the school is approved, the system will issue a badge with your name and photo, the date of your visit, and the purpose of the visit. After your visit is complete, you will return to the office to sign out, much like you currently do.

If you are just stopping by the office to drop something off or to pick up a student, you will not be required to complete the check-in process.

As we roll out the Raptor system in all of our buildings, there may be some hiccups along the way. While this may cause a slight inconvenience, in the end, it will be worth it, as we will be able to provide a safer school environment for our students and staff.  Thank you in advance for your understanding, patience, and support as we launch the system to enhance the school safety protocols in our school and district.

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