Student safety is always a top priority for Tyler ISD. This is why the District has utilized Raptor, a visitor management system, for a number of years to screen all campus visitors, and beginning last year, all volunteers as well.
When a visitor checks in through the main campus office, the receptionist uses Raptor to scan the visitor’s driver license. With each scan, Raptor performs an instant sex offender background check against registered sex offender databases in all 50 states. When a hit, or match, is determined, alerts are immediately sent to campus and district administrators, as well as district police.
For volunteers, the Raptor system is used in addition to the volunteer application process for a variety of reasons, but most importantly, to provide a twofold security process that better ensures the safety of students and staff. A criminal background check is performed annually through the volunteer application process. Only approved volunteers are loaded into Raptor. Each time a volunteer visits the campus, Raptor runs the instant sex offender scan. This additional scan ensures that both criminal and sexual offenses are checked on each volunteer.
“In Tyler ISD, campus safety and security is a priority,” Rawly Sanchez, Tyler ISD chief administrative officer, said. “We want to make sure that all visitors arriving on our campuses are properly identified and cleared so that students are safe and secure. This will help provide a safe and orderly learning environment for your child and your neighbors.”
Founded in 2003, Raptor continues to lead the nation in cutting-edge visitor management technology. More than 15,000 K-12 schools and community facilities, such as YMCAs, use Raptor every day, making it the most popular choice for organizations that seek to keep children safe from sexual predators.