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WNYRIC Offers New Visitor Management Services
In an effort to assist school districts in ensuring a safe learning environment for their students, WNYRIC is offering two new options for screening visitors prior to allowing access into district buildings.

The visitor management services (VMS) are known as Raptor and TPASS (Teacher Parent Authentication Security System.) Jeff Clift, Erie 1 BOCES coordinator of technology services, said early feedback has been encouraging.

"The visitor management systems have been well received by the districts using them,” he said. “At first, there might have been some anxious feelings with the new equipment, but once people saw the simple-to-use software and ability to quickly print a badge, they were ready to implement."

The Raptor VMS is a web-based application that provides the ability to perform an on-site sex offender lookup from a nationally compiled sex offender database by simply scanning a picture ID and then printing visitor badges, all before a visitor is granted access to the district building. If a potential threat is identified, the Raptor system sends instant alerts to designated officials, including administrators and law enforcement, via email and/or text messaging.

Frank Rizzo, director of instructional & information technology for Alden Central Schools, said his district’s initial experience with the Raptor system has been positive.

“Raptor provides us peace of mind with regards to not releasing students to non-custodial parents,” he said. “We collect those guardian alerts in our student management system and Raptor allows us to import those into their system. If an estranged parent were to come to school in an attempt to take their child illegally – Raptor would alert our staff once their picture ID is swiped.”

The TPASS VMS is a district server-based application that also provides the ability to perform an on-site sex offender lookup from a nationally compiled sex offender database by scanning a picture ID and then printing visitor badges. In addition, this system can track and report student and staff activity and has the capability of delivering instant notifications to parents and guardians when a student is signed out.

For more information or to schedule a demonstration, please call Jeff Clift at 716-821-7052, or email him at jclift@e1b.org.