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New BCCS Entryway Procedures Effective May 1, 2023

Message from Superintendent, Dr. Carly Baker on Monday, April 24, 2023


Subject: New BCCS Entryway Procedures Starting May 2023


Dear BCCS Families,


This spring, the district has been working to review and update our safety and security infrastructure and are now introducing new entryway procedures at all district sites. This system, known as Raptor, records the number of visitors in our buildings by checking them in with a government issued ID or verification through a manual input of their basic information.


These entryway procedures will be implemented across the district next week (starting on May 1, 2023). Thank you for your commitment to these new procedures. We look forward to continuing to welcome you into our buildings and partnering with you in your child’s education!




Dr. Carly Baker, Superintendent



New District-Wide Entryway Procedures Starting May 1, 2023


  • Each district site uses a visitor management system to ensure safety and security for all our students and staff. Our goal is to make our schools as safe as possible and make the check-in process as efficient as we can for our visitors and staff. 

  • All visitors and vendors must enter and exit the site’s main entrance and check in through the Raptor System. If visitors or vendors are simply picking up or dropping off something to the front office, they do not need to check in through the system. The system will be used if a visitor will be entering into the building for any reason.

  • On the first visit to one of our schools, visitors will be required to provide a state-issued driver’s license or state-issued ID (from any state). District staff will use our new Raptor Visitor Management software to complete a registered sexual offenders check and to register you in the system for future visits to any school. 

  • Visitors will NOT be required to show their ID on subsequent visits. On subsequent visits, you will be asked your name and the system will issue a visitor badge for that day’s visit.

  • It is important to note that the Raptor system only scans the required information to complete a comparison with the national databases of registered sex offenders. Additional data from the driver’s license is not gathered, nor is the system connected to any other systems such as the Department of Motor Vehicles. Therefore, any other information on the ID is not accessible to school staff.

  • Once entry to the building is approved, we will issue a visitor badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of the visit. You will be asked to wear the visitor badge during the entire duration of your visit.

  • In the event that you do not have a state-issued driver’s license or state-issued ID on your first visit, or you are not able to scan your license or state ID, school staff will ask you to stay in the office area and they will bring your child to you. No visitors will be allowed beyond the office without a visitor badge.

The safety of our students and staff is our priority. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work together to make our schools as safe and secure as possible.



Raptor Visitor Management System Frequently Asked Questions 


What is the Raptor Visitor Management System? 

Raptor is a visitor management system that enhances school security by reading visitor drivers’ licenses (or other approved ID), comparing information to a sex offender database alerting school administrators and local police if a match is found. Additionally, the system can identify someone who is legally not allowed on campus or does not have custodial rights. Once cleared through the system, a visitor badge is produced that includes a photo. 


Why is Brooklyn Center Community Schools implementing Raptor?  

The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. Raptor will provide a consistent system to track visitors and volunteers while keeping away people who present a danger to students. By quickly alerting safety personnel to certain potential threats, it allows school administrators and law enforcement personnel to take appropriate steps to keep the school, students, staff, and volunteers safe. For valid visitors, the system also prints visitor badges that include a photo, the name of the visitor, and the visitors’ destination. Those badges enable personnel within the building to quickly determine if visitors are in areas where they should, or should not, be. 


Does the district have the right to require visitors, even parents, to produce identification before entering the school? 

Yes. School officials need to know who is in the building and why they are there. Particularly when a student is involved (e.g. early pickup), school officials need to be able to confirm that an individual has the authority to have access to the student.


What types of IDs will work in Raptor? 

The scanner is able to scan all state licenses, state identification cards, consular ID cards, green cards, active military cards, and passport cards (not the full passport). It does not officially scan other countries’ IDs. Photo Identification will be required for any adult to pick up a student. If a visitor does not have government identification, please talk with the front office staff.


What other information is the school taking from driver’s licenses? 

Raptor is only scanning the visitor’s name, date of birth and photo for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders and any private alerts at the school. Additional visitor data will not be gathered, and no data will be shared with any outside company or organization. 


What if the person refuses to show identification?

Individuals will not be allowed to enter the building without presenting a government issued ID. 


Will the Raptor System be used for after school activities? 

At this time, the system will only be used during normal school hours, Monday through Friday.

Where do I enter the building? 

All visitors must enter each school building from the main entrance. When visitors have completed their stay, they will need to check out at the same entry point and return their visitor badge to the Raptor System operator for disposal. 

What do parents who are dropping off or picking up their children in the school do? 

If a parent is going to go past the office and walk in the halls, they will need to check in/out through Raptor.




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