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Oregon schools begin new visitor ID protocol

OREGON – Starting today, Oregon School District visitors will need a government ID to enter its schools.

The Raptor Visitor Management System will be used in all school buildings in an effort to strengthen campus safety for students and faculty. 

“Raptor scans a government ID and compares it to the sex offender database,” Superintendent Tom Mahoney said. 

In addition to identifying registered sex offenders, “we can also use the system for volunteer background checks where, in addition to the sex offender database, the system will run the name through the criminal database,” he said.

The system accepts state-issued licenses and identification cards, concealed handgun licenses, permanent resident cards, active military cards, and passport ID cards. Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present such an ID, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system.

“We can manually enter information for someone who forgot their ID,” Mahoney said. “After a successful scan, the system prints out an ID sticker for the visitor to wear.”

Visitors who fail to produce a photo ID will not be granted access beyond the office, but a visitor’s badge is not necessary for those who are dropping off an item or picking up paperwork.

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