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Students Included in ID Program

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Students Included in ID Program

ALBANY, TX- On Tuesday, February 10th 2015, Ident-A-Kid representative, Pat Horner, went to Nancy Smith Elementary to help local parents take a proactive step in their children’s safety. By providing IDs that have their child’s photograph, fingerprint and description, parents can sleep a little better knowing they’re more prepared for any situation. View...

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Schools Work On Having Visitor Background Checks

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Schools Work On Having Visitor Background Checks

GREENSBORO, N.C. – When a stranger wants to come into your house, you don’t just let them in. You check them out first – make sure they are on the up and up. But 2 Wants To Know found not all school districts background check campus visitors. And today we’re looking at a solution. A way to keep kids safe from sex offenders. Why does it matter? We know it happened at least once before in 2009 at an area school a registered sex offender signed into the school log more than 30 times. Now technology has improved. It is expensive, but 2 Wants To Know found some schools are looking at it. Phoenix Academy charter school in High Point has the latest visitor check-in upgrade from Ident-a-Kid. A drivers license scanner – which lets the school check names against the sex offender registry within seconds. All Davie County Schools and some of Yadkin County also have this security upgrade. Alamance, Davidson, Guilford and Montgomery Counties have an Ident-a-kid system, but are missing the license scanner. That means these systems only keep a log of which visitors come in– there are no visitor background checks. Ident-A-Kid director Joyce Johnson is talking with the districts right now about upgrading. View Full Story...

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Pollard School’s new security system deemed a success

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in News | 2 comments

Pollard School’s new security system deemed a success

PLAISTOW — Nobody gets by Fran Allen without a greeting and having their picture taken. Allen, Pollard School’s secretary, sits behind a window at the main office of the school every day and only unlocks the door after a visitor signs in and has their picture taken using a new computerized security system. Pollard is the only local school to use the program, Complete Campus Security System, and administrators said it has taken security at the school to a new level. “It can tell us everyone who is in the building at any time,” Principal Michelle Auger said. The computer software and camera were free to Pollard School, and are connected to a small laptop computer the school owned. After visitors type in their names and where they are going in the school, they have their picture taken and a label is printed with that information. “That’s the only negative part, nobody likes wearing their picture around,” Allen said. One of the best features is that the computer sits on a ledge outside the office and can be easily disconnected in case of an emergency or fire drill. That allows school administrators to check on visitors and volunteers at any time, Allen said. The computer also is connected to the Internet and the federal sex offender registry. Allen said the computer would alert her if a sex offender attempted to enter the school. But, Allen said, she doesn’t leave all of the school’s security up to the computer. “If we don’t recognize a parent, we always ask for ID,” she said. Even though the computer and program have been in use since September, Allen said she still regularly gets comments from visitors and parents about it. All of the visitors’ names and photographs are stored in the computer, along with the amount of time a visitor is in the school, Allen said. That also makes it easy for the school to know how much time volunteers are donating. Along with the computer program, each Pollard School student received a photo ID with the name of their parents and address. “The parents really like this part of it,” Allen said. Timberlane Superintendent Richard La Salle said the program has been a success so far and officials would consider using it in other schools in the district. Rick Hagan, CEO of Ident-A-Kid, said between 5,000 and 10,000 schools across the country use the software. It was put on the market in 2004 and is given away free to any school who requests it, Hagan said. “We saw a need for tightened security at our schools,” he said. By Eric Parry eparry@eagletribune.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it February 05, 2010 03:04 am...

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Principal Says Security System Makes Students Safer

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Principal Says Security System Makes Students Safer

Ident-A-Kid Tracks Visitors, Prints Passes February 22, 2010 OMAHA, Neb. — A new security system at an Omaha elementary school that tracks visitors on a computer system is meant as an enhancement of other safeguards, not a replacement, said school officials. The system was donated to Franklin Elementary School by Ident-A-Kid. It’s designed to be a complete campus security system. “Basically, the way the system works is parents, students and visitors who come in to the building, instead of having to sign in a logbook, are able to log into a computer,” said Franklin principal Decua Jean-Baptiste. The system prints badges with pictures and security slips, if necessary. “We’re going to know who’s in the building and actually how long they’ve been in the building.” Jean-Baptiste said. An online database adds more security, like a check of sexual offenders lists. One thing won’t change: Parents still need to give the school notification about who is allowed to pick up a child. If someone forbidden from the parents’ pick-up list tries to sign into the system, an alarm sounds. Jean-Baptists said the system will make students after and give parents peace of mind. “I think parents will appreciate that we’re doing our best to make sure their children are safe and secure,” he said. Copyright 2010 by KETV.com...

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Added Security At Franklin Elementary

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Added Security At Franklin Elementary

Omaha, NE – If you go to visit your child at an Omaha school, you’ll have to check in first at the office. Now one school is going a step further, taking action to keep children safe. Walking into Franklin Elementary, Brandon Mutum drops off his daughter’s backpack. Instead of signing his name on a piece of paper and being able to roam the school freely, he’s directed to the main office to use the new security system and he couldn’t be happier with the change. “My daughter, she’s growing up. Franklin’s a really good school, especially they got a new security system now, it’s really great,” said parent, Brandon Mutum. IDENT-A-KID Services of America donated the program to the school. Now, anyone walking into the building uses this computer which records a person’s name and makes a photo ID for them. “They can go on and look at their picture so if they have met someone throughout the building and don’t recognize them, they can find out why they’re here and where they’re going,” said IDENT-A-KID Director, Kim Gracey. That’s not all, every person checking in is automatically scanned to see if they’re on the sexual predator database. If they are, the computer puts out an alarm. Franklin’s principal hopes the system can eventually go in all schools. “We’ve got nothing but positive responses from our families,” said Principal, Decua Jean-Baptiste. Right now, no other schools have plans to put the security system in their buildings. Posted by: Reporter, Erika Summers, esummers@action3news.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it...

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DTSD, Ident-A-Kid® Announce Partnership

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in News | 0 comments

DTSD, Ident-A-Kid® Announce Partnership

Parents Can obtain Child ID Cards at Taste of Hershey Hershey, PA – March 19, 2010 –– Derry Township School District (DTSD), the Trojan Foundation and Ident-A-Kid today announced a partnership that will help enhance security in district school buildings and offer peace of mind for parents. Through the auspices of the Trojan Foundation, low income families in Derry Township will receive Immediate Response Child ID Cards from Ident-A-Kid, a company specializing in producing identification cards for pre-school and school-aged children. The durable, laminated cards provide families with a picture, physical description and fingerprint of their child in a format that is immediately available in the event of an emergency, such as a lost or missing child. Ident-A-Kid will also be on hand at the Trojan Foundations’ annual Taste of Hershey event Sunday, March 28 from 1-4 p.m. at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. The Trojan Foundation is a non-profit educational improvement organization whose mission is to enhance and enrich the programs and services offered by Derry Township School District. Taste of Hershey is the foundation’s signature fundraising event, featuring samples provided by two dozen local restaurants and beverage providers. Taste of Hershey tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and will be available at the door. Parents attending Taste of Hershey who are interested in obtaining ID Cards for their own families will be able to purchase a package at the Ident-A-Kid booth. Ident-A-Kid Child ID Cards contain a comprehensive and current physical description of a child including a professional, full-color photograph and a fingerprint using a special electronic touchpad that meets national standards. The reverse side of the card contains important information about what to do if a child is missing. The entire card is heat-seal laminated in heavy plastic for a permanent record. It is designed for parents, guardians, relatives or baby-sitters to carry at all times in their purses, wallets or billfolds. New technology available at no additional cost is eKid-ID, an electronic version of the traditional Ident-a-Kid Card sent directly to a parent’s cell phone. Parents then have the unlimited ability to share this card with other cell phones. Ident-A-Kid is also providing Derry Township School District with an electronic visitor management system that will improve the guest registration processes at each school building. The district already has in place multiple layers of protections and protocols designed to ensure student safety within its buildings. The visitor management system enhances those safeguards while automating visitor and volunteer registration and identification. Not only will the system provide an improved tool for school administrators, it will streamline the visitation process for parents as well. For more information on the Trojan Foundation, Taste of Hershey, and Derry Township School District or to sign up for the school district’s electronic newsletter, visit...

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Visitor Management System Improves School Security

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Visitor Management System Improves School Security

Carteret County Public School System officials are improving school campus security by putting a visitor management system in place in all schools. Called Complete Campus Security Solution (CCSS), the system improves security by having all visitors to school campuses check in and out through a computer. Provided by Ident-A-Kid Services of America, the computer software has a database of visitors’ pertinent information and notes individuals allowed to check in and check out students. It also takes a photo of the person for positive identification, and it prints a custom label for visitors to wear while on campus. CCSS will be in place in all 16 Carteret County public schools by mid-November. Heidi McMickle has a grandson enrolled at Newport Elementary School and she likes the new system. “I think this system is a great idea,” Ms. McMickle said. “It provides security and I like knowing it can help make sure not just anyone can come take my grandson or other students from school.” According to the school system’s Director of Technology and Media Millie Temple, the school system’s Technology Plan calls for the implementation of an identification and security system by June 2013. She noted finding funds for this system had been difficult. The school system’s Technology Plan is required by the state and provides a “road map” to guide the technology funding process for a five-year period. Ident-A-Kid Services of America has donated the software for the CCSS to the schools as part of the company’s Safe Schools Initiative. Ms. Temple said the school system was providing the hardware, using older, out of date computers not up to the speed needed for today’s student or teacher instructional use. “The opportunity to receive the CCSS system software at no fee moved ahead the Technology Plan goal to put an identification and security system in place in each school,” Ms. Temple said. She noted the ease of use and the flexibility of the system. Visitors to the school simply click a button to check in and then fill in their name and information such as the reason for their visit or where in the school they will be visiting. Visitor badges are then quickly printed and include the visitor’s name, location, date and photo. After visiting, the individuals check themselves out with a simple click. “This system is easy to use and very quick,” Ms. Temple said. “It allows us to eliminate all the handwritten check in and check out books, and provides a much more secure system to track and document individuals on school campuses and interacting with students and staff.” Enhanced features of CCSS can include providing a “No Entry” list that flags those unauthorized to visit or check out a student, creating identification badges for field trips, clocking in and out school system employees, producing a variety of reports, and running attendance information. Visit CCSSVM.com to see more of what this award winning visitor management software has to...

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Ident-A-Kid Wins Top Product Award

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Ident-A-Kid Wins Top Product Award

Norwalk, CT – December 6, 2010 – Readers of District Administration are the top public school administrators in the country, and they know from experience what works and what does not work within their districts. As part of its annual award program, District Administration asked its readers to nominate the hardware, software, books, materials, web sites, or facilities products that have made a positive difference in their districts in 2010. Ident-A-Kid’s Complete Campus Security Solution (CCSS) was selected as one of the winning products. CCSS is an easy-to-use visitor management software designed to run in kiosk mode. CCSS software improves visitor control on campuses by databasing all visitors’ pertinent information, including a photo for positive ID. It also prints a custom label that all visitors wear. “This program allows us to monitor who is in the building, how long they have been there and why, and is part of the reason our school has won three safety awards from our Alabama district attorney,” states Kenny Clay, an assistant principal in the Blount County (AL) schools. Ident-A-Kid donates CCSS to schools as its way of giving back to the communities it serves. To learn more about CCSS go to www.ccssvm.com. The winning products were determined by the quantity of nominations received per product as well as the evaluation of the quality of readers’ nominations and explanations. The 2010 winners were selected from hundreds of nominations received over the last six months, a significant increase in participation from the previous year. “These product recommendations included extensive descriptions from school administrators of how these products are used in their districts, making it very challenging to choose the top 100 products. We hope these products, and their accompanying testimonials, will act as a valuable resource for our readers,” says District Administration’s Editor in Chief Judy Faust...

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Ident-A-Kid Celebrates 25 Years of Helping Protect Children

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Ident-A-Kid Celebrates 25 Years of Helping Protect Children

(St. Petersburg, FL – April 11, 2011) — Ident-A-Kid Services of America, Inc., celebrates 25 years of helping keep kids safe. What started in 1986 as a laminated Polaroid photo identification card with a messy ink fingerprint has evolved into a digital ID available in both traditional form and new in electronic form sent to a cell phone (called eKid-ID). Ident-A-Kid’s services are still as important today as they were 25 years ago because every day over 2,100 children are reported missing and only 3% of parents carry a current photo of their child with them. The Ident-A-Kid child identity card program is designed for parents of young children to provide them with an accurate, easily obtainable current photo and description of their child. In case of the unthinkable event of their child becoming missing, parents can disseminate their child’s information immediately. In schools, Ident-A-Kid helps keep children safe with its award winning software. The Complete Campus Security Solution (CCSS) software is a visitor management software designed to manage visitor traffic at a school. Thousands of schools nationwide use CCSS because it is comprehensive, easy to use, and inexpensive. Ident-A-Kid recently won the District Magazine’s Top 100 Product Award for CCSS’s features. Ident-A-Kid also provides schools with its Parent Alert notification system. This system enables schools to broadcast messages to parents via email and text message. Ident-A-Kid donates both the CCSS and Parent Alert software to schools as their way of giving back to the communities they serve. Rick Hagan, President of Ident-A-Kid, said, “We have enabled schools to enhance safety at their schools with little or no cost, which is important in these trying budget...

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New Visitor Management System in Burke County Public Schools

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New Visitor Management System in Burke County Public Schools

By March 1, 2011, the Burke County Public Schools System will introduce a Visitor Management System at each of their schools and central office facility. The vendor selected is the award winning Complete Campus Security Solution (CCSS). CCSS is easy-to-use visitor management software designed to run in kiosk mode. CCSS software improves visitor control on school campuses by data basing all visitors’ pertinent information, including a photo for positive ID. It also prints a custom label that all visitors wear. The CCSS Visitor Management Systems was purchased through a federal grant awarded to the Burke County Public School System to implement steps for improving school safety. “This program allows us to monitor who is in the building, how long they have been there and why, and I have no doubt the parents and guardians of our children will support this vital school safety measure,” states Chris Henry, Administrative Liaison for the Burke County Public School System and project manager for the U.S. Department of Education’s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Safety Grant. Friday, February 11th, 2011 NEWS RELEASE AMY J. NUNNALLY BURKE COUNTY SCHOOLS...

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