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Roanoke Valley school systems require ID swipes

Saturday - 9/7/2013, 11:09am  ET

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- Visitors to many Roanoke Valley schools are now being asked to bring a driver's license to gain entry.

The valley's two largest school systems have new sign-in procedures for visitors this school year, which include swiping the picture ID cards before entering the hallways.

In Roanoke County the visitor's identification will be run against a national sex offender registry and the visit will be logged . In Roanoke an ID dropped through a card reader will record the visitor's name and address and log the visit.

School officials said the new procedures are about keeping children safe. They reflect a nationwide focus on school safety in the wake of the mass killings of children and staff at a Connecticut elementary school last year.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com


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