Simpson County Schools is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor and Volunteer Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students, faculty, and community members. Part of keeping students, faculty, and volunteers 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 everyone in our buildings.
Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a visitor for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. The Raptor system checks the visitor’s name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. 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 issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. 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 Volunteer Application process will no longer use hard copy applications. All applications are submitted using the online link posted on the district website under Community Education. This allows for a more secure and confidential processing of the application. Only volunteers who are new or reaching their three year anniversary are required to submit a new application if volunteering in the district. Volunteers unsure of their current status may contact Community Education at 270-223-8092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to volunteering.
The safety of our students is 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 your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.