Are you planning to visit schools or students within the Stephenville ISD in the coming year? If so, don't forget to take your picture identification.
Beginning on the first day of school - Aug. 22 - parents, guardians and other visitors will be introduced to a new gatekeeper at each of the district's six campuses - the Raptor visitors management system.
If you visit a school without your a photo identification in hand, you could be asked to leave the campus, according to SISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd.
Floyd said visitors will be required to present a picture identification when entering a campus. Acceptable identification includes a valid driver's license - from any state - as well as state, national or military identification cards or passports. All forms of identification must include a photograph and be issued in the visitor's legal name and by the government.
Once your identity has been checked and cleared, campus personnel will provide a badge you must wear while on campus and return to the office prior to leaving.
According to Floyd, the Raptor system will allow schools to electronically check visitors' identities to assure they are not a registered sex offender in 48 states, including Texas.
"The goal of this system is to better control access to all SISD schools, thus providing enhanced protection for our students and staff," Floyd said, adding that photo identification will be required at the first visit of every semester.
Improving security and safety for students and district personnel was included in a list of ongoing improvements that began to take shape after the 2010-15 Strategic Plan was adopted.
Floyd reminds parents and guardians they are always welcome to visit SISD campuses.
"This system is not being implemented to keep parents out of their children's schools," he said.
Individuals with questions relating to the Raptor system are being advised to contact their child's campus principal.