Tech Tool Puts Safety In School

Keeping kids safe is a daily concern and when the kids are in school, we rely on procedures at the school to guard their safety. One school is going the extra mile.

When Sheila Conley checks in for work at Gomez Heritage Elementary she checks in through the Ident-A-Kid program on a laptop computer at the front desk.

Sheila said, "I’m not a high tech person so it’s a matter of learning the process and putting the right information in and doing what you are supposed to do."

Even with cameras, locked doors and security at the front area, the Ident-A-Kid system uncovers important information concerning who's entering the school.

John Campin, Principal of Gomez Heritage Elementary, said, “It hasn't happened with us but if you are a registered sex offender, when you type in your name and hit return, the screen will pop up red, kind of like a stop. That way it lets us know who is checking in."

Campin installed the Ident-A-Kid system four years ago and with more than 800 pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students, keeping everyone safe can be a difficult task.

Everyone entering the school checks-in through the Ident-A-Kid system. It records who enters the building, when they are there and where they are going. Checking for potential predators is an added bonus that so far hasn't been used.

Campin said, “If it did happen then I would have a conversation with the visitor and get some background and go from there."

Campin says parents are aware of the predator check program and support it completely.

“There hasn't been one person disappointed or discouraged that we have that. They're all happy that we have it because they feel their children are safe."

The system is virtually free. The only cost is a laptop computer always at the front desk and some stickers. Staff members are trained to look for them on visitors. If a visitor is not wearing one, they are escorted to the main office immediately.

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