Starting in April, visitors to the Dallastown Area School District will need to have their driver's license to gain entry to some of the school buildings.
The school board on Thursday approved a new visitor management system, which will begin as a pilot program at the high school and Ore Valley Elementary in April.
A district committee tasked with researching improved security features in the district recommended a program called Raptor, which will scan a visitor's driver's license or government identification. Office staff and administrators will be alerted if a visitor is a registered sex offender or if there are any custody issues with that guardian, said assistant superintendent Joshua Doll.
"This will allow us to safely and efficiently manage our visitors that come into our buildings on any given day," Doll said at an earlier meeting.
The visitor system will be used in all Dallastown buildings by the start of the school year in August. Doll said they will also have kiosks set up for frequent visitors to the school, such as classroom volunteers.
The program will initially cost $19,594, and the recurring annual cost to the district will be $4,320 for software updates.
Other business: The district also approved internet upgrades for the high school and middle school that will cost the district $338,625 from the district's capital reserve fund. The upgrades will improve connectivity for laptops and other approved technology during the school day, Doll said.
The existing wireless network has been in place since 2009. The district will begin setting up the upgrades in April, and they will be fully functional over the summer.
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