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Penn Hills School District

New District Security System

In our ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of our students and staff, the Penn Hills School District will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our buildings.  This new system will be put in place in May 2018 to strengthen our program of campus safety.

Part of keeping students and staff safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times.  While we currently have a system in place, the new Raptor system will improve our ability to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers entering our schools and provide us with a safer environment for everyone.  

Upon entering a District building, visitors will be asked to present a U.S. government or state- issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, that can be scanned or manually entered into the system.    The 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, date, and purpose of the visit. For 2018-2019 school year and beyond the visitor’s photo ID will be held at the security office and will be returned when the visitor signs out of the building.  

The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and the Raptor Visitor Management System allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to them.  Failure to present a current U.S. government or state- issued photo ID will result in denial of admittance and/or contact in all circumstances.

Examples of accepted ID:

  • Valid state driver’s license or photo ID card
  • Valid US military photo ID
  • Valid US Department of Veterans Affairs photo ID
  • Valid US passport or passport card
  • Valid PA License to Carry Firearm photo ID card.
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