Lo­cal school to im­ple­ment new sys­tem for vis­i­tors

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­courier.com

The Har­mony Grove School Dis­trict is in the process of putting in a new sys­tem for vis­i­tors.

The dis­trict be­gan im­ple­ment­ing the Hall Pass Vis­i­tor Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem in early De­cem­ber and it is set to be fully im­ple­mented when stu­dents re­turn to classes next week.

With the new sys­tem, all vis­i­tors will pro­vide a valid state iden­ti­fi­ca­tion which can in­clude a driver’s li­cense, green card or mil­i­tary ID. This ID will then be scanned and the vis­i­tor will be ver­i­fied along with be­ing screened against the na­tional sex of­fender data­base, ac­cord­ing to a memo pre­pared by school dis­trict of­fi­cials.

Once the screen­ing is com­plete and the vis­i­tor is cleared, a vis­i­tor’s badge will be printed.

“The process is very quick and will take about the same amount of time as our cur­rent sign-in pro­ce­dures,” ac­cord­ing to the memo.

Those who do not have a gov­ern­ment-is­sued ID will still be able to visit their child in the of­fice area, but they will not be al­lowed to en­ter the rest of the build­ing or school grounds.

Heath Ben­nett, su­per­in­ten­dent, said he feels the new sys­tem is an­other way to keep stu­dents safe.

“School safety and the safety of all stu­dents is a pri­or­ity of the dis­trict and we ap­pre­ci­ate your help and co­op­er­a­tion with this new vis­i­tor pro­ce­dure. Dur­ing your next visit to our schools, please re­mem­ber and be pre­pared to present your pic­ture ID,” ac­cord­ing to the memo.

Cur­rently, dis­trict of­fi­cials do not plan to use this sys­tem dur­ing events that take place out­side of the school day or at events when the stu­dents are es­corted by their teach­ers. The dis­trict may im­ple­ment the sys­tem in the fu­ture at these events if needed.

For more in­for­ma­tion, in­di­vid­u­als can con­tact any of the Har­mony Grove schools.

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