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The Artesia Public Schools are asking parents and other members of the community to be aware of its implementation of the Raptor Visitor Management System.

Following is a letter from APS Assistant Superintendent for Operations Thad Phipps:

The Artesia Public Schools are pleased to announce that on Monday, September 17, we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our district schools to build on the district’s program of campus safety for students and faculty. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our building at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that.

The Raptor system will better allow us to track visitors, contractors and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff. If a visitor, contractor or volunteer will leave the main office and enter the hallways and/or classrooms with our students and staff, they will be asked to present a valid state-issued ID, which will be scanned into the system.

The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our buildings. It is important to note that the Raptor system only scans the visitor’s name, date of birth and photo for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders.

Additional visitor data from the driver’s license is not gathered nor is the system connected to any other system such as the Department of Motor Vehicles. Therefore, any other information on the ID is not scanned by the system and is not accessible to any of the users.

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.

If you are interested in learning more about the Raptor visitor management system, please visit the Raptor Technologies website (www.raptortech.com). If you have any questions, please contact Thad Phipps at 746-3585 or e-mail him at [email protected]

The safety of our students is our highest priority, and the Raptor visitor management system provides a consistent way to aid in keeping away people who may present a danger to our students. Thank you, in advance, for your understanding and support of enhancing school safety protocols in our district.