YORK — Visitors to York schools will be asked to scan their driver’s license or state-issued ID card as a new security step beginning this week.
Assistant Superintendent Matt Brown, who told school board members about the new security procedure during its meeting last week, said the scan will identify convicted sexual predators.
“It’s another layer of security for our schools, for anybody who is going inside,” Brown said. He added: “It’s not that we’ve had a problem. We’re just trying to be proactive.”
He said school volunteers have for several years been vetted by an application process and criminal background check with the State Law Enforcement Division.
He said parents who arrive at the school to sign out their child won’t be required to go through the scan. However, he said, those who want to visit their child’s classroom, have lunch with their child or attend an event during school hours will need to go through the procedure.
Brown said visitors who don’t have a driver’s license or a state-issued ID will need to be cleared by the school administration through a separate check process before they can enter the school.
He said those who don’t have a driver’s license are encouraged to get a state-issued ID card to make the check-in process faster.
Brown said the scan was available with the school district’s existing security system, which already requires visitors to check in via computer and have their picture taken for a visitor pass.
He said the district only had to purchase the scanning equipment, about the size of a fist, which he said was “a minimal cost.”
“We know going in the first time, that for folks that are used to signing in one way, this will be another step and we appreciate their patience,” he said.
District officials said the check-in process may take a little longer until visitors get used to the new procedures. Those who have questions about the new procedure area asked to check with the school principal.
Jennifer Becknell • 803-329-4077