Dothan schools roll out new safety initiative

Updated: Jul. 9, 2018 at 5:05 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Dothan City Schools is rolling out new safety initiatives ahead of the upcoming school year.

The system has implemented the new Raptor Visitors Management System, a new electronic check-in process.

"We want to know who is in our schools and we want to know who's coming to visit our schools," said Scott Faulk, Director of Safety, Security, and Attendance for Dothan City Schools.

The Raptor System scans a visitor's identification card and the software runs a preliminary background check. It doesn't look at personal information like credit scores or look for warrants, but it is linked to the national sex offender registry and would alert the school official if a person is on that list.

The system also prints out a visitor's pass with details on where the visitor will stop in the school. This is not just for parents coming to the building - vendors and delivery personnel will also go through the new check-in process.

The new check-in process is in conjunction with the school threat assessment that was done by Dothan police for the school system. The system can also flag accounts if parents provide proper documentation that a person is not allowed to have contact with a student.

If a parent checks-in at one school and are cleared in the system, they don't have to have an additional check if visiting another child in the system at a separate school.

DCS is hosting an information session for parents to review the Raptor program and get enrolled in the system. It's set for Thursday at 5:30 at Northview High School.

School officials also emphasized this is the first of several safety initiatives they plan to implement before the next school year.

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