Catholic schools introduce new safety feature

PULASKI COUNTY (KATV) - One Arkansas school system is introducing a new feature to keep their students safe.

It's a background check system that scans anyone entering the building for sexual predator status.

From the time visitors enter Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, the focus on security is clear.

The newest feature is only three weeks old. It's a sign in system called Hall Pass that scans a visitor's driver's license and alerts school officials if the visitor is a sexual predator.

Principal Dan Smith said although the system is mainly used for parents, everyone who enters the building will be scanned.

"Anybody that comes in whether they're a vendor or fixing something they come in, they give their drivers license to us and we check them at that time as well," Smith said.

Smith said at other schools the system has proven it's worth.

"A vendor came in, checked the ID, one of the workers was a registered sex offender," Smith said. "They contacted the boss and removed him from the premises."

Twenty-eight Catholic schools in the state will have the system up and running by the end of the year.

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