Wichita Public Schools will implement the Hall Pass Visitor Management System for the southeast part of the district on August 21st. The district's other six feeders will implement the system throughout the next few weeks, ending October 2nd.
Principal Shawn Springer at Christa McAuliffe Academy says protecting students is his first priority.
"There isn't necessarily a typical sexual predator profile. It could be anyone, anytime. This is just another way of checking," Springer said.
The system will require visitors to sign in by scanning their driver's license or government-issued ID when they visit during school hours. The system will instantly screen for sex offenders against a national database.
All visitors will receive a photo ID badge for their visit, and if the system identifies a non-authorized visitor, administrators and safety services will be alerted. Visitors check in and out each time they visit a school.
The system will also help track the number of hours volunteers spend supporting students.
Thursday morning parents like Nikki Inlow welcomed the new measure.
"It's scary sending your kids to school everyday because you don't know, you can't see. If they're going the extra step, I'm glad about that," Inlow said.