Beginning March 5, 2018, Southern Columbia Area will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System to track visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools. This initiative is being funded by a Pennsylvania Department of Education Safe Schools Grant and is designed to provide a safer environment for our students and staff.

Upon entering a school building, visitors will be asked to present a valid state-issued ID, such as a driver's license. The ID will be scanned into the system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our buildings. It is important to note that the Raptor system only scans the visitor's name, date of birth and photo for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. Additional visitor data from the driver's license is not gathered nor is the system connected to any other system such as the Department of Motor Vehicles. Therefore any other information on the ID is not scanned by the system and is not accessible to any of the users. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit.
 
If the visitor is only at the campus to drop off an item and is not intending to go further into the building, then identification is not required.If the visitor does not have acceptable photo identification available, the visitor will need to provide his/her identifying information such as date of birth, address, phone number, etc. This information will be manually entered into the Raptor system and he/she will be issued a badge if there is no alert indicated in the data base. Visitors refusing to produce such ID or identifying information may be directed to leave the school as their identity cannot be verified.
 
The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system provides another tool we can use to keep away people who may present a danger to our students. If you are interested in learning more about the Raptor visitor management system, please visit the Raptor Technologies website (www.raptortech.com). 
 

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All District offices are staffed throughout the summer should you need to contact your child's school. The offices are open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM and Fridays from 8:00 AM until 12 noon. Learn More

Wishing all students and staff a safe, happy, and much deserved summer break! Classes for the 2019-2019, school year, will begin Monday, August 27th. Until then, enjoy your vacation!Learn More

Southern Columbia Area School District's Special Education Plan was approved by the Board of Education on April 30, 2018, and has been submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for final review. Questions about the plan can be directed to Director of Special Education Jenn Snyder at jsnyder@scasd.us or (570) 356-3510.  Please click this link to review the Special Education Strategic Planning document.Learn More