MAGNA, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The front office ladies at Entheos charter school feel the pressure of protecting students-- especially in light of the tragedy in Connecticut.
“We’re the first one that someone sees when they come in the door so it is something that ways on me,” said Buffy Farley, the director’s assistant.
The front office workers are the ones charged with not letting anyone in the building who doesn’t belong there.
Now they’re getting help in the form of software called Raptor. Visitors get their driver’s license scanned and the software conducts an instant background check to see if the person is who they say they are and if they have any red flags--such as being on a sex offender registry.
Everyone must go through this process at the front door every other door is locked. Once approved, visitors get a photo ID badge they must wear at all times. Parents tell ABC 4 they’re happy to comply.
“I know who is coming in to see my kids and who’s in the building and I don’t have to worry about it,” said Katie Halladay, a parent of two students at Entheos.
Entheos is one of three schools in Utah using the software, but one of 8,000 schools in the country.
Entheos’ director says for $1,500, it was money well spent.
“Anything we can do to make sure our students and staff are safe we want to take care of those things,” said Kevin D. Baron, director of Entheos.