When school reopens in Mathews following the Christmas break on Jan. 2, visitors to the division’s three school buildings will encounter something new.
Visitors will have to check in at the main office at Mathews High, Thomas Hunter Middle and Lee-Jackson Elementary schools using visitor management software from Ident-A-Kid.
In order to enter the school or to pick up a child, the visitor will have to scan his or her driver’s license, which is instantly checked against a database of people who have committed crimes against children, according to Superintendent of Schools Nancy Welch.
The visitor will then receive a stick-on badge complete with their photo. Upon leaving the school, they will have to check out using the same system. This will give each school an accurate count of exactly who is in each building at all times, she said.
Welch asked all visitors to be sure to bring their ID with them whenever they come to one of the county schools. ...
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