Dear WSD3 Families,
Widefield School District 3 is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and faculty. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is being aware of who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.
Currently, we require visitors to show an ID, such as a Driver’s License, before entering the building. We are adding another layer to that process beginning October 1st 2018. Upon entering the building, after showing ID, visitors will be asked to present an ID which can either be scanned or manually entered into the Raptor system to receive a badge. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.
The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. The Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit.
The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor Visitor Management System allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Raptor system?
Raptor is a visitor registration system that enhances school security by reading visitor drivers' licenses, comparing the information to sex offender database, alerting school administrators if a match is found, then (if no match is found) printing a visitor badge that includes a photo.
How does it work?
Drivers' license information is compared to a data base that consists of registered sex offenders from all 50 states, including Colorado. If a match is found, school administrators and law enforcement personnel are notified immediately and will take appropriate steps to keep the school safe.
Why is Widefield School District using this system?
Safety of students is the district's highest priority. One of the most flawed security measures in schools is the handwritten log for school visitors. Many individuals visiting the school write their name illegibly or write a different name. Even with an accurate written name, the school knows nothing about the visitor or if they should be allowed in the school.
What other information is the school taking from the drivers' licenses?
Raptor is only scanning the visitor's name, date of birth, partial license number, and photo for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. Additional visitor data will not be gathered and no data will be shared with any outside company or organization.
Should we scan every visitor into the system?
Any individual who is not a Widefield employee and who does not have a Widefield District badge visible must be scanned and wear the Raptor badge. Volunteers who have a District badge are required to be scanned in to the Raptor system and should be provided a badge with the location of where he/she is volunteering.
- Attendance & Absences
- Crosswalk & Parking Lot Guidelines
- Red Flag & Inclement Weather
- Treats & Snacks
Attendance will be taken within the first 10 minutes of the school day. If a student is to be absent from school, we ask that parents call the school at 391-3495 before 9:00 AM. This enables us to verify absences and provides a safety network for students. If we do not hear from you we will be contacting you by phone concerning your child's absence. If we cannot reach you and you do not notify us, it will be considered an unexcused absence. Students who arrive after 10:30 AM will be considered absent for the morning. Students who depart prior to 1:30 PM will be considered absent for the afternoon. Make-up work may be requested by 10:00 AM for students who are absent and may be picked up at the office after school.
Regular attendance is vital to the ongoing continuity of the educational program. Make-up work never compensates for school attendance. We encourage consistent school attendance. However, please do not send your child to school if he/she is not feeling well.
The staff members of French Elementary maintain a strong presence at before and after-school duties wearing safety vests and directing crosswalks at neighborhood intersections. With all of our dedication, however, it takes a concerted effort between school and community to keep our students safe. Please support us in keeping safety first by following the guidelines below:
- General Guidelines
- North-West Parking Lot (Front)
- North-East Parking Lot (Intermediate Side) - Kiss and Go Lot
- South-West Parking Lot (Portables and Primary Side)
Do not park within 20 feet of any crosswalk.
Do not block any parking lot entrance/exit or drop off in front of cones.
Take your time to find an appropriate parking space.
Never compromise the safety of students.
Always respect the wishes of those on duty.
Safe, courteous behavior is appreciated and expected.
Use posted entry and exit points at 5 mph speed limit and stay within the cones.
Cell phone usage in the Kiss and Go Zone is discouraged.
Pull as far forward as possible and where directed by staff when entering the Kiss and Go Zone.
Wait for all cars in line to come to a stop before loading or unloading students.
Stay in your vehicle and encourage students to be ready to exit the car quickly.
Unload students from the passenger side of the vehicle.
Release students only in the designated areas along the sidewalk. Stopping in front of cones and dropping off in the middle of the parking lot is prohibited.
Do not leave cars unattended in the Kiss and Go Zone at any time on school days. Please use the parking spaces instead of the Kiss and Go Zone if you need to leave your car.
DO NOT PARK next to yellow curb areas of the parking lot (also marked by School Bus Parking signs).
When leaving the parking lot, please be aware of children and merging traffic.
This parking lot is open for staff and guest parking.
Enter through the east most entrance and exit through the exit at the corner of Almont and Alturas.
If using the east parking lot as a "kiss and go," pull all the way up and fully to the left behind the crosswalk, letting students out safely on the curb. Kiss and go promptly so that others may use the drop-off as well. Please do not leave your car unattended or temporarily parked in this area.
Please note that while parking in the east parking lot is allowable, guests may be temporarily postponed in pulling out due to "kiss and go" traffic lined up in the lot.
This parking lot is open for staff parking and the parents of students using before and after school daycare only.
Cones will be used to close this lot during school hours daily beginning at 8:30 AM and ending at 3:35 PM.
Parents utilizing before-school daycare may park in this lot before 8:30 AM to drop-off their students.
Parents utilizing after-school daycare may park in this lot after 3:35 PM to pick-up their students.
Thank you for your continued support of our students and school!
If it is colder than 25 degrees F (with wind chill) in the morning students will be allowed in the building at 8:30 AM and if the temperature remains this cold we may have indoor morning recess. Students will be asked to stay outside before school and will have outside recess if the temperature with wind chill is 25 degrees F or warmer. Keep in mind that the weather can change drastically during the school day, so send your children dressed for the cold weather.
Planning on bringing treats for a class party? All food items must be brought to the front office 24 hours in advance. Treats must be purchased and delivered in store bought packaging. Food items must have a clearly marked ingredients label, as well as a nutritional facts label on the packaging that states there is 0g Trans Fat in the product. This is in accordance with our District Student Wellness Policy. Treats brought in without these labels and 24 hours in advance cannot be served to students. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our students healthy and safe!
Interested in becoming a French Elementary volunteer? Please select the link below to notify our front office team of your interest. Please be aware that French Elementary may request that you submit to a background check as part of your approval process either before beginning or before continuing your volunteering. If you have any questions or comments, please contact our front office at 719.391.3495. Thank you for your interest in our school!