Wichita Schools implements system to keep sex offenders out

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A heightened level of security is being implemented to protect Wichita students. A new 'Hall Pass' management system screens visitors through a national database of sex offenders before they enter the school.

Patricia Hileman is a mother of three students in the Wichita district. She volunteers at their schools and often joins them for school lunch. Hillman said this new safety measure is quick and easy.

"I think the whole thing took maybe a minute the first time and subsequent times they see me coming and they type my name it prints a badge, I think it takes less time than having to sign in," said Hileman.

Crista McCauliffe Academy Principal Shawn Springer explained the process.

"You're going to come to the school bring out your ID," said Springer. "You're going to give it to the secretary."

From there the secretary scans the photo ID through the sex offender database. If approved, a sticker badge is printed for visitors to wear while in the building.

"I can simply take it, put it on and I can now go past this door into the school," added Springer.

The secretary's computer screen keeps a list of every visitor in the building. Every time a new visitor checks in, a message is sent to the teacher's classroom they're going to.

"We have little children here, little vulnerable kids who trust everyone," said Springer.

No matter what event, every visitor has to get cleared through the system. Even parents who are convicted sex offenders won't be allowed.

"I never felt unsafe with my kids here at this school, but I really appreciate that the district is doing everything it can to make sure the people that shouldn't be near my kids aren't," said Hileman.

All 85 schools in the district will have the system running by October 2nd. A school district spokesperson says the system and training cost around two hundred thousand dollars.


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