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School Safety Update: MCPS to add Raptor Visitor Management System school safety update graphic

Marion County Public Schools is adding another layer to school safety by implementing a new visitor management system in all schools starting Monday, November 18.  

The Raptor Visitor Management System will require guests to present a valid ID at the school’s front desk which will quickly be scanned. The Raptor system checks the visitor’s name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. 

“We’re doing this as a proactive measure just to add one more layer of protection,” MCPS Director of School Safety Scott Spalding said. “It’s not a requirement by any means, but we just feel this another layer to help ensure school safety.”

MCHS students recognized for video contest entry BBB award winners

A group of Marion County High School students were recently recognized for their entry in the annual Better Business Bureau student video contest. MCHS students Damon Bickett, Tyler Gribbins, Christine Cox, and Elton Vandermeir received third place for their entry, which was recognized at an awards luncheon at The Olmsted in Louisville. The students entered the contest as a part of Ginger Allen's Advanced Graphic Design class.

For Bickett, this is the second year receiving accolades  for the contest. Last year, he and a group of students finished in second place. 

"I was actually pretty surprised. I didn’t expect to win for a second time,” Bickett said. “I was pretty excited to learn that I had won again.”

Video: Student Ambassadors begin leadership mentor program at MCMS mentor program

Over 80 students participated in the MCPS Student Ambassadors leadership mentor program at Marion County Middle School. Now in its third year, the mentor program pairs student ambassadors from the high school with middle school students to help build their leadership and soft skills.