With the start of the 2018-2019 academic year, Littleton Public Schools is introducing LPS Connect, a new lobby check-in procedure at every school to improve building safety procedures.
The first phase of the LPS Connect system will focus on volunteer monitoring. Later this year, after the system is fully implemented, a visitor management component will run a background check on every visitor using a driver’s license reader during check-in. Visitors will need to show a drivers license or government ID for the system to review their status. The software will also log where visitors are going and provide another layer to the security systems that LPS already has in place.
When fully installed, every visitor or volunteer entering an LPS school will check in at the LPS Connect kiosk before proceeding to any classroom or other location on campus.
Guy Grace, Director of Security and Planning for Littleton Public Schools, wants guests to be patient with the changes. “When you visit an LPS school this year, you will be asked to do some things differently when you check in. Remember, this is a work in progress, and the fully implemented system and procedures are designed to make sure we have a safe school environment while not impeding a school visit.”
Once cleared, visitors will receive a name tag or badge that they are required to wear while on campus. School volunteers can register online and have a full background check completed before receiving a badge, which is valid for the school year. This new system also replaces the paper system previously used for tracking volunteer hours.
“This adds another level of security for our kids, staff and parents,” said Michael Jones, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. “We continue to make safety and security our number one priority. We know this will take some time to adjust to the change, so we appreciate everyone’s patience as we make the district-wide transition.”