DARIEN, Conn. – Darien Public Schools will have new procedures for visitors who enter school buildings starting on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
“This is part of a new security clearance system aimed at making our schools safer for students and staff,” Darien Public Schools officials said in a statement. “It offers us a high-tech way of keeping track of who is in our buildings at any time and is useful in cases of emergency.”
All visitors will be required to check in at a schools’ front office to scan a photo identification. Each person will then receive a temporary visitor’s pass, which will include a photo. The badges are valid for 24 hours and must be returned to the front office before leaving the school. Workers and regular volunteers will be given permanent badges if they are frequent visitors.
The new system will cross-check the photo ID with a national sex offender registry. The system will not have access to other criminal databases, such as active warrant searches or protective orders.
Campus monitors at each school have been trained in the new system and will be available to help parents get used to the new procedures and to answer any questions they may have.
“We thank the public in advance for their cooperation as we continue our efforts to ensure the safety of our students and staff,” DPS administrators said in a notice to parents.