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Visitor management system to be installed in all SPS schools

The Springfield School District is in the process of adopting a new visitor management system at all schools.

The system, which is being piloted at Thurston Elementary, will allow for better tracking of people who come in and out of Springfield schools. Currently, most schools have parents and other visitors sign in on a piece of paper, which is unreliable, or occasionally unreadable.

District officials expect the system will be installed across the district by the end of the school year, if not sooner.

In addition to better tracking of who is spending time in school buildings, the visitor management system can be customized to alert the school, district or emergency responders of a number of issues, whether to remind families of overdue library books or alert office staff to possible custody issues. 

The computerized system uses driver licenses and other personal identification information to screen visitors including a screening against the sex offender database in all 50 states, as an added layer of security for those in with potential contact with students.

For more information about how the system works, check out our video!