Visits to Schools and Classrooms

Parents are encouraged to visit the schools, though prospective visitors are asked to call the school office prior to visiting to determine whether or not a class may be on a field trip, is involved in a testing situation, or other activities which are not conductive to the planned visit.

All visitors to the school buildings are required under Illinois School Code to register at the school office. Woodridge School District 68 uses the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to build on the district’s program of safety for students and staff. Part of keeping students and staff safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times.

According to Board Policy 1500: Visitors to and Conduct on School Property, “All visitors to school property are required to report to the Building Principal’s office and receive permission to remain on school property. All visitors must sign a visitors’ log, show identification and wear a visitor’s badge. When leaving the school, visitors must return their badge.” Upon entering a school building, visitors will be scanned into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our buildings. It is important to note that the Raptor system only scans the visitor's name, date of birth and photo for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. Additional visitor data is not gathered nor is the system connected to any other system such as the Department of Motor Vehicles. Therefore any other information on the ID is not scanned by the system and is not accessible to any of the users. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit.

All visitors who enter the school with the intention of traveling beyond the main office will be screened and issued 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 a student.

The School Visitation Rights Act permits employed parents/guardians, who are unable to meet with educators because of a work conflict, the right to time off from work to attend necessary educational or behavioral conferences at their child’s school. Please see the School Visitation Rights Act in the Notifications section of this handbook to determine if you are entitled to a school visitation leave.