With safety in mind, changes at school coming first of year

    With safety and security concerns in the spotlight, two changes coming the first of the year at Chase County Schools will require some preparation by patrons.
    The changes affect a visitor identification system being put into place and use of the school’s weight room, said School Supt. Joey Lefdal.
    The changes take effect Wed., Jan. 3, when students and staff return to classes after the Christmas break.
    After a safety audit review by the Nebraska Department of Education last year, Supt. Lefdal said it was highly recommended that some type of check-in and check-out system at CCS be installed.
    Recently, the school purchased the Raptor Visitor Management System, which will monitor every visitor to CCS during regular school hours.
    “We just didn’t have a good grasp on who was in the building,” he said.
    “This will be a way to lock down the school a bit and know who’s in here,” he said.
    On a patron’s first visit after the first of the year, it will be necessary to present  a government-issued photo ID to the front desk secretaries
    They will scan the ID into the Raptor system, then if no alerts are given, a stick-on badge with name and photo will be printed off to wear during the time they are in the building. That ID information will be saved for future visits.
    “The next time you come in, you will just need to let the front desk person know your name and they will check you in,” Lefdal said.
    Once the visitor is finished at the school, Lefdal said they expect them to check out at the front desk.

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