MCSD using new security system that identifies sexual offenders

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - As the Muscogee County School District welcomes back thousands of students on the first day of the school year, the district is also welcoming safety and security changes.

District Communications Director Mercedes Parham says the district upholds their students' safety as the first priority and with the use of this new system, they can add an extra layer of security on their campuses. With the new Raptor Visitor Management System, the district can effectively and quickly identify those who may be a danger to students.

Using the visitor's ID, such as a drivers license, the Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. According to the district, the registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system and no other data from the ID is gathered or recorded.

Parent Erica Taylor says she's all for the new security system.

"I want to know that he is safe in school and that no one is picking him up that is not supposed to pick him up," says Taylor.

Taylor says she "likes the idea of a mini background check".

Once a visitor is checked and cleared, Raptor issues a badge identifying the visitor by name, date, and the purpose of their visit.

The district says a visitor's badge is not necessary for those who visit the schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork. This process is for someone who will be on campus or inside the property for an extensive amount of time.

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