Bartlesville Public Schools get LobbyGuard

by: Martina Del Bonta Updated:


BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - The Bartlesville Public School district is adding a new system that will perform background checks of every visitor.
FOX23’S Martina Del Bonta got an inside look.
BPS is implementing the system, called the LobbyGuard, so anyone going to the schools would need to have his or her ID.
It looks just like an iPad or a tablet, and after a few quick steps it will know everything about you.
“It’s a visitor-monitoring system. It’s going to allow us to track those coming in and out of our schools, whether it’s a parent or a vendor,” Chris Tanea, the public information officer for Bartlesville Public Schools.
It takes a picture of you and scans your ID, and within 10 seconds it will run a background check.
If you’re cleared you’ll get a badge to wear that allows you access in the school for a day.
“It’s a layer of protection. It will help parents and communities members be at ease that we're keeping the kids safe,” he said.
FOX23 found out the project is all a part of the school security package -- a bond measure that brought in $1.4 million for the school district.
The lobby guards are going in secure entrances.
If the person’s background check is flagged, then safety officials get involved.
“We want everyone to feel welcome at our schools. But at the same time if there’s an issue with a background check that comes up, we certainly don’t want [that] individual at our school site,” he said.
School starts Aug.12 for Bartlesville Public Schools. They’ll start implementing the system on Aug. 25.
Muskogee and Jenks have the LobbyGuard, and Owasso just announced they are putting it in.