Gravette School District Adds New Security System, Visitors Receive Background Check


GRAVETTE, Ark. (KNWA) — The Gravette School District is taking extra steps to ensure no sex offenders are entering its schools.

A new Raptor visitor management system is being rolled out to strengthen campus safety for students and faculty.

“This is just a piece of a bigger puzzle,” Superintendent Dr. Richard Page.

A new software system will require everyone who enters Gravette schools to present a form of identification.

“And then it gets scanned into the system, which then notifies our receptionist and our administration of who is in the building, and whether they are appropriate to be in the building,” Gravette said.

The Raptor system checks the visitors name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders.

Once entry is approved, a visitors badge is issued that identifies the visitor, date, and purpose of the visit.

“Reassuring us and our students and our community that those that are entering our schools are appropriate,” Page said.

Page says this is just one of many security measures the Gravette School District is adopting to stay ahead of the curve.

“Just the fact that we are looking at always becoming safer. We’re looking at a lot of different things, and this is just one that we’ve talked about with our safety committee. The administrators said they have to do something, because how do you know?” 

Page says Bentonville schools uses this software, too, and has helped train its staff.

The security system will be up and running in January.

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