The following information came from Geneva Community Unit School District 304
Geneva Community Unit School District 304 is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students.
To that end, we are continually working to enhance security in our school buildings through facility assessment, staff training, and procedure modification.
Beginning on April 7, 2014, and continuing through the end of the school year, Geneva Middle School North will serve as a pilot location for a new visitor management system being considered for installation district-wide.
The Raptor V-Soft Visitor Management System provides an effective way to keep unwanted visitors out of the building while tracking those who are allowed in.
“We take our responsibility to keep our students safe very seriously in Geneva, and we continue to monitor our buildings and procedures to ensure that we are providing safe school environments,” said Superintendent Kent Mutchler. “The piloting of this system is the most recent in a long list of steps we have taken in recent years to enhance students’ safety in our buildings.”
When entering our school, all visitors will be required to present a driver’s license or other state-issued identification. The identification presented will be held in the main office and will be returned when the visitor leaves the building.
The building secretary will enter the identification into the V-Soft System, which will cross-reference the visitor’s information with a database of sex offenders throughout the United States maintained by Raptor Technologies.
Individuals cleared by the V-Soft System will be issued a visitor badge and lanyard that must be visibly worn while in the school and returned to the school office upon leaving.
If a potential threat is identified, the V-Soft System will instantly alert designated officials, such as administrators and law enforcement. In these cases, visitors will be denied access to the building.
“Geneva is fortunate to have many parents and volunteers active in our buildings on a daily basis, and we are not implementing this system to restrict their access to our schools in any way,” said Dr. Mutchler. “Given the current climate, we feel confident that parents and volunteers will understand the need for taking such precautions and work with us to safeguard our students.”