North High feeder schools roll out new visitor security system Thursday
08/28/2014 7:46 AM
08/28/2014 7:51 AM
Wichita schools in the North High feeder pattern will begin implementing a new security system Thursday that scans visitors’ driver’s licenses and checks them against a nationwide database of sex offenders.
The Hall Pass visitor management system went online at schools in southeast Wichita last week.
Beginning Thursday, visitors who come to any school in the North feeder pattern – North, Marshall, Pleasant Valley Middle and Elementary, Horace Mann, Black, Cloud, Irving, McLean, OK, Ortiz, Park, Riverside and Woodland – will be required to sign in by scanning their driver’s license or other government-issued identification card each time they visit the school during bell hours.
This summer, Wichita district leaders voted to spend up to $200,000 to install scanners at all 91 school buildings this fall and train employees to use them. Schools will continue to implement the system throughout the fall semester, at a rate of about one feeder pattern a week. All schools should be operational by Oct. 2.
Schools in the Northwest High feeder pattern will be next to go online with the new system on Sept. 4.
Editor's Choice Videos
Join the Discussion
The Wichita Eagle is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.