Local school to implement new system for visitors
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.