HARROD — Allen East schools is implementing new security procedures just in time for the new school year.
Beginning Aug. 29, all visitors to the school will be required to produce a government-issued photo identification to gain entry into the school.
“In the past, when you entered a building you just came in and you signed your name and you got a badge. We didn’t I.D. anybody when they came in here — family, friends, whatever,” said Mel Rentschler, superintendent at Allen East.
The school district is teaming up with Perry Pro Tech for the enhanced security that is targeted at keeping sex offenders from entering the building.
“You’re going to have to drop an I.D. into a machine and that machine will run a quick background check on you and see if you’re a sex offender. Once it clears you that you’re not, it will print out a badge and it will have a picture of you on the badge and it will say what time you arrived at the school, where you’re going to go in the building and the time that you’re going to come out of the building so we can keep track of everybody in our building. If you don’t report back to the building and you leave by a door you’re not supposed to leave the picture will actually fade. You can’t use it again,” he noted.
Allen East will be implementing a kiosk system with each visitor only being required to show identification once. Upon entering the building a second time, a visitor will have to enter their first and last name into the system with the system recognizing them as a past visitor. The secretary will only permit entry into the building if the picture on the badge produced by the system matches the visitor.
Allen East will accept any photo identification provided by a state or federal agency such as driver’s license, state identification, military identification or a passport.
All visitors to the campus who are not full-time employees of Allen East or the Allen County Educational Service Center must provide identification upon entering the building between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:05 p.m. Vendors, student teachers, substitute teachers, and guest speakers are not exempt from the procedure and must show identification.
For large events during school hours, participants will be required to pre-register. The school will run the names prior to arrival and have badges ready when participants arrive.
If it is determined a person, such as a parent or a guardian, is a sex offender and has a legitimate reason for being in the building, they will be supervised during the visit by an administrator while having limited access. For sex offender-positive identifications, school personnel will contact law enforcement to determine the status of the individual and if there are any conditions of their probation or parole that impact their access to the campus. If it is a general visitor or vendor, they will be denied entry into the building.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.