By Monday, all Wichita public schools will have the new Hall Pass security system, which scans visitors’ driver’s licenses and checks them against a sex-offender database.
This summer, the Wichita school board voted to spend up to $200,000 to install scanners and related equipment at all 91 school buildings and train employees to use them. Schools have been installing the system at a rate of about one high school feeder pattern per week.
On Monday, Metro-Meridian Alternative High School, West High and schools that are nearby or feed into West – Allison, Hadley, Hamilton, Mayberry, Dodge, Franklin, Gardiner, Harry Street, Lawrence, Payne and Stanley – will go online with the new system, completing the districtwide rollout.
The Hall Pass system requires any visitor going past the front office and into a school building during bell hours to swipe a driver’s license, which is checked against a nationwide database of sex offenders. It then prints a dated, personalized badge for each visitor.
Long lines outside some Wichita schools in the mornings after the system launched prompted officials to adjust start times for the Hall Pass system recently. Required sign-ins now begin at the start of the school day rather than 10 minutes before the first bell.
For more information about the Hall Pass system, visit www.visitormanagement.usd259.org.