Edmond schools increase security through technology

Edmond schools have installed LobbyGuard kiosks at every school so visitors will have to swipe a drivers license to have a background check upon their arrival.
by Adam Kemp Modified: August 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm •  Published: August 20, 2012

Edmond schools are putting the guard on duty.

The LobbyGuard system is a kiosk machine that has been installed at the entrance of every school in the district.

When a visitor enters a school, they will check in through the machine by swiping their driver's license, which will issue guests a badge that permits them into the school.

The machine automatically runs a background check on the ID, checking for red flag alerts.

Jim Rothrock, the district safety coordinator for Edmond schools, said visitors are run through the National Sex Offender Registry and are also checked to see if they are in an ongoing custody battle stemming from a recent divorce or separation.

“We believe this is the best way to keep our kids safe,” Rothrock said. “If an adult is going to have unescorted access to our school then they will need to get a pass through this machine first.”

If a visitor passes the background checks without any red flags then a picture is taken of the person and a badge with a bar code on it is issued, allowing the visitor access to the building.

When guests leave, they scan the badge on the machine again to checkout.

Rothrock said this system allows the schools to know who is in the building at all times.

“With the touch of a button we are able to see what visitors we have roaming the halls,” Rothrock said. “This will also allow us to be able to track volunteer hours for parents.”

by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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