FAQ About the Raptor Security System

FAQ About the Raptor Security System

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the Raptor Security system?

Raptor is a visitor management system that enhances school security by reading a visitor’s driver’s license and comparing information to a sex offender database.  Assuming no match is made; Raptor will quickly print a visitor badge that will include a photo, the name of the visitor, the time and the date of the visit.

Why is Silver Creek Central School District using this system?

The safety of our students is our highest priority.  Raptor will provide a consistent system to track visitors while keeping away people who present a danger to students and staff members. 

How does it work?
Driver’s license information is compared to a database that consists of registered sex offenders from all fifty states and Canada.  If a match is found, school administrators and law enforcement personnel will take appropriate steps to keep the school safe. 

 

Who is scanned and how does it work?
All visitors to any school district building will need to present a valid driver’s license to be scanned each and every time they enter. 

Besides sex offender data, is there any other data compared?
No.  The information is not sold or shared with any outside company or organization. 

Should we scan every visitor into the system, including Silver Creek Central School District employees?
SCCS employees who do not have an employee badge visible must be scanned and wear the Raptor badge.  Employees who do have their employee badge visible have already submitted the appropriate clearances required by the Department of Education, and therefore do not need the Raptor badge. 

Does SCCS have the right to require visitors, even parents, to produce identification before entering the school?
Yes. The Silver Creek Central School District needs to be sure who is in our school and why they are there to protect our students. 

What if the person refuses to show identification?
The administrator can question the individual and explain the Raptor process to the visitor.  The administrator, based on the knowledge of the person and situation, can make a determination to allow entry or refuse access to the facility and/or a student.  In most cases, individuals will not be permitted to enter the building unless extenuating circumstances exist.  

Does SCCS have to give listed sexual offenders and predator access to our school?
Generally speaking, unless the individual has a legitimate reason to be at the school, (e.g. visiting a legal dependent) the SCCSD has the right to deny access to the building.  When there is a doubt, the Superintendent or School Resource Officer will be consulted.  

I just moved to New York.  Can I use my photo ID from another state or country? 
Raptor will read any state issued photo ID from anywhere in the United States and Mexico.  If you are concerned that you do not have proper ID, ask to speak with a school administrator about your situation.  

Will contractors, sub-contractors and vendors be scanned upon arrival to a school building? 
Yes.  Contractors, sub-contractors and vendors must be scanned in the same way as any visitor.  

When will this be in effect?
We will begin implementing the Raptor security system on September 5, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.  All District schools will be requiring visitors to sign in using Raptor. 

How much time should I allow at the front desk to check in? 
The first time you sign in with Raptor, you should expect to wait about 1-2 minutes while the scanner inputs your ID into the system.  After the initial scan, signing in in on future visits is just as fast as using handwritten name-tags and sign-in sheets.  

Will repeat visitors be asked to scan his or her ID every time they come into the building?
Yes.  Visitors will be asked to scan their ID at each and every visit.  No exceptions.

 

Procedure for Raptor Security when visiting our schools: 

  1. Stop at the District of Elementary Lobby Office Window upon entering the building
  2. Speak with the Secretary/Clerk
  3. Show your Driver’s License, and
  4. Sign In
  5. You will then be given further instructions 

Our school is now part of the RAPTOR security system that has been implemented by the Silver Creek Central School District. Thank you for your cooperation in helping keep everyone in our building safe.