C.O. Harrison Elementary School News

New visitor procedures for all OHLSD buildings

Posted on: April 15, 2019
exterior doors of Oak Hills

In an effort to continue to improve our district safety and security measures, the Oak Hills Local School District, utilizing state grant funds, has purchased the Raptor Visitor Management System. Beginning Tuesday, April 23, 2019, visitors to any Oak Hills district school building will need to provide an official ID to be permitted access to areas outside the main office. Parents or visitors who are simply dropping off items to the main office will not need to produce identification.  

This procedure will allow us to enhance the safety of our schools and take full advantage of the Raptor Visitor Management System. Using state grant funding, the district was able to purchase Raptor for each of our nine school buildings. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor System will allow us to do that. The Raptor System will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.

Upon entering a district school building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a driver’s license, state ID, or passport which can either be scanned or manually entered into the Raptor system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a U.S. government-issued ID, school staff can use another form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor System to be screened.

The Raptor System will check against the national registered sexual offender list to ensure offenders are not entering our school campuses. The system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor System. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency.

Once entry is approved, Raptor will print a badge that identifies the visitor, the date and the purpose of his/her visit. All visitors must wear this badge while in the building. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

The safety of our students continues to be our highest priority and the Raptor Visitor Management System allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.

Please remember to bring your identification when visiting any of our schools during normal business hours.