New Security System in Florida Public Schools to Check for Sexual Predators

Brevard County school board has added a new security system to the schools: upgraded software and scanners on the computers in the front office that parents and volunteers sign in on. The new system scans the persons driver's license or Florida i.d. card, photographs the individual for the adhesive sticker that visitors wear. It also scans a data base to see if the individual is on a sexual predator list or arrest history. (Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK/FLORIDA TODAY)
Brevard County school board has added a new security system to the schools: upgraded software and scanners on the computers in the front office that parents and volunteers sign in on. The new system scans the persons driver’s license or Florida i.d. card, photographs the individual for the adhesive sticker that visitors wear. It also scans a data base to see if the individual is on a sexual predator list or arrest history.
(Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK/FLORIDA TODAY)

A new security system in Brevard Public Schools will run an automatic sexual predator check when volunteers and visitors sign in on campus.

Individuals will scan their driver’s license, and new KeepnTrack software will run a check through a sexual predator database from all 50 states.

“I love it,” said Robert Arthur Sr., a parent of three at Saturn Elementary in Cocoa. “I can’t come up with a better word. Our children shouldn’t be within 1,000 miles of someone like that, let alone on the same property.”

Before, no background check was done on visitors, such as a parent or family friend attending a school event.

“We’re a very transient state,” Saturn Elementary Principal Michael Miller said. “I feel a lot more secure knowing that they can check all 50 states.”

If the system flags someone as a potential sexual predator, the principal and school resource officer will be called to assess the situation.

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Source: USA Today | Mackenzie Ryan, Florida Today

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