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.