The computerized system – known as Raptor Visitor Management Security System –allows school officials to screen for registered sex offenders, suspended or expelled students or known gang members.
Visitors are required to swipe a valid government-issued identification card such as a driver’s license after entering through the main entrance on each campus. The Raptor computer system then checks sex registration lists and other information. All other entrances to the facility are locked.
Once approved, the software prints an identification tag for the visitor to wear. The tag includes the visitor’s photograph, name, time of arrival and destination within the school. The Raptor system combines sex offender lists from all 50 states – a valuable service since a national registry does not exist.
If a visitor is a registered sex offender or there are other issues noted in the system, an alert message is sent to Goliad ISD officials. The new system does not prevent most parents from eating lunch with their children or volunteering in the classroom.
“We have some very active parents and we want our parents to continue to be involved in our schools,” Goliad ISD Superintendent Emilio Vargas III said.