Easton, PA -- February 6, 2019
Easton Area High School students have been using ScholarChip™ smart ID cards since the beginning of school in August. Student use the cards at the entrance of the school to scan in and out every day according to Assistant Superintendent Alyssa Emili.
Using a mobile kiosk, the Large Group or Building Attendance system automates a time-consuming process usually found in homeroom. Students simply tap their ID at the kiosk as they enter the building triggering an accurate and efficient way to check themselves in. The system greatly increases student accountability and provides administrators with a real-time view of who has checked into campus.
Automated attendance will launch next month at Easton Area Middle School. Students will not scan in at the elementary school level. Emili noted that in a few weeks the district will implement Visitor Management and future plans call for students to use ScholarChip's automated bus attendance solution to confirm the location and time students load or unload from the schp-bus-brg.pdfbus route.
Still under consideration at the district is Automated Classroom Attendance. For this solution, students would use their ID badge to tap on a reader near the door of the classroom or on the teacher's desk to record their presence and the time they entered the classroom.
Several articles have been published on the Lehighvalleylive.com website with links to school board meeting videos and the cost to the district for the solutions.
November 28, 2018 (Morganton, NC) – Bridgeway Solutions is working with administrators at H.L. Trigg Community School in Elizabeth City, NC to implement ScholarChip’s Alternative Behavior Educator, ABE. ScholarChip’s ABE with Ripple Effects is an interactive software that leads students to take responsibility for their actions, acknowledge their conduct, and learn positive behavior alternatives. ABE provides at-risk students with stronger decision-making skills, resiliency, and encourages academic success.
The ScholarChip-ABE with Ripple Effects program:
One of H.L. Trigg’s primary goals is to reduce the number of out-of-school suspensions, and this program is set up to help them achieve that goal.
In mid-December, ScholarChip will continue training H.L. Trigg administrators on using ABE with Ripple Effects. Bridgeway will continue to assist with any issues or concerns H.L. Trigg administrators and teachers may have during the implementation phase.
Why is Behavior Modification Important & Why is There a Need for It?
Bullying and school violence are among the leading causes of absences for students in the United States.
Each absence takes away from the education of the student and makes the educator’s job more time-consuming and taxing. When students don’t show up for class, the school’s budget can also be affected (the more a student shows up, the more a school gets for each student).
Taking all of these factors into consideration, it makes sense to start with the root of the problem: behavior.
How do you keep Johnny from begging his mom to stay home because Taylor is bullying him?
How do you create a welcoming, healthy environment that makes students feel safe when they’re at school, in a country where the fear of mass shootings is so understandably prevalent?
By teaching them about brain responses, providing them with tools to understand how their actions affect others and how they can change for the better, and letting them know that you care about them enough to want to see them be the best they can be.
Less than three months into 2018, there have been 11 shootings, already making this year among the worst on record.”*
Is it any wonder why students would rather stay home than go to school?
Bruce D. Perry, a psychiatrist and expert on childhood trauma, says, “It’s no longer the default that going to school is going to make you feel safe … Even kids who come from middle-class and upper-class communities literally don’t feel safe in schools.”
Added to the list of other school emergency procedures is lockdown drills - an added security measure, sure, but also another way that students can feel as if at any moment, that drill can turn into real life.
Whether a student fears a school shooting or being bullied, their cognitive responses are not normal, therefore they aren’t adequately equipped to learn.
Lori Desautels of Edutopia writes that “a traumatized brain can also be a tired, hungry, worried, rejected, or detached brain expressing feelings of isolation, worry, angst, and fear … The neurobiological changes from negative experiences cause our emotional brain to create a sensitized fear response … Chronic activation of the fear response can damage other parts of the brain responsible for cognition and learning.”
ScholarChip-ABE with Ripple Effects is designed for the success of every student, with a focus on improving behavior and social success.
One of the ways that ScholarChip-ABE can help improve student behavior and learn social skills is with their banking game.
The Banking Game is a point-based system that keeps track of positive and negative behaviors. You can create a reward system intended for the entire school, or let teachers set rewards based on achievement levels. Points can be given and taken away in real-time. There are consequences or reinforcements set for low point amounts and a notification will trigger for educators and/or administrators if a student drops below a certain amount.
If you’re a PBIS school, ScholarChip's ABE program can
Teachers can choose to display a Game Screen in class to show behavioral leader boards, which could help motivate students practice positive behaviors so they can see their names at the top of the leader board. This program aims to move inappropriate student behavior toward positive, successful behavior by teaching students, through age-appropriate and relatable content, better social behavior.
It also allows teachers to learn and discuss appropriate action for students who may be at-risk sooner than they could, thus thwarting what could be potentially dangerous behavior if left untreated for too long. If you want to curb a student’s bullying behavior or want to teach a student a way to react in a tough situation, ABE with Ripple Effects can help.
To learn more about ScholarChip-ABE, check out these white papers and case studies. https://www.scholarchip-abe.com/white-papers
Read more about our Bridgeway Solutions’ work with H.L. Trigg at
Daily Advance. http://www.dailyadvance.com/News/2018/11/26/Program-analyzes-student-behavior.html
To learn more about how Bridgeway Solutions and ScholarChip can help your school with ABE, contact one of our friendly and knowledgeable Sales Consultants or visit https://www.bridgewayid.com/scholarchip.html.
*The Washington Post found an average of 10 school shootings per year since Columbine in a recent year-long study.
Check-ins, Deliveries, Volunteers, Pickups, and Events
Below, you will find five ways to use visitor management well beyond the out-dated and inefficient pen and paper logbook.
But first, just what is visitor management?
Visitor Management - a vital tool for student, staff and campus security
Visitor management is simply the method in which an establishment controls visitor access to their building and everything and everyone within. It is a service that allows organizations to monitor visitors – parents, mail persons, volunteers, presenters – and who gets in.
It also aids in keeping track of visitors via check-in and check-out times – a school authority can see who is on campus at any time and for how long.
A school can choose to manage visitors by setting up a kiosk with automated and integrated systems in the front of the school. Or, they might manage visitors in a restricted section where a designated person can input ID card data into the system and run that data against sex offender databases. These ID checks are followed by taking a picture of the visitor and issuing a temporary badge if they are approved.
Visitor management can be done in two ways: standalone or web-based.
Visitor management systems that are web-based often use a computer the school already has and requires the purchase of other equipment. This can require the installation of upgrades and drivers.
Unlike the web-based visitor management system, the standalone system includes a set of technology that acts as an all-in-one product ready to be used on arrival. It comes with a touch-screen computer, printer, keyboard, mouse, software access, credential scanner, camera, optional card reader, and battery back-up.
It is a sturdy system, made to withstand the demanding K12 setting. Faster and more secure, and not strictly determined by Internet availability, the standalone visitor management system streamlines the visitor process.
How Does Visitor Management Help Your Organization?
Simple: by putting the power of visitor control in your hands.
Visitor management systems offer timely and accurate information, the ability to see who is approved and disapproved for organization access, and to track how long approved visitors stay at your organization.
What this means is that visitor management can help make your school or business more secure – knowing who is on the premises is important; being able to determine who gets in is necessary. Pictures are taken and temporary IDs given for approved visitors – having an accurate visual image of someone and assessing their time spent at your school or company helps you keep an eye on non-regular and regular visitors alike.
Five Ways to Use Visitor Management Systems
The easier visitors can check-in, the less congested an area becomes. Streamlining and automating the check-in process often means less time spent on administrative work, and that real-time data is accessible.
Being able to scan an ID and instantly be approved for a badge or tag makes the check-in process quick and easy. Even attendants who input ID information into the system benefit from visitor management systems because they can verify, in person, a person’s identity and approval to enter the premises; plus, they can see their information on the dashboard and monitor who is checked into the building.
How does your organization handle deliveries? Do you just let anyone with a UPS or Post Office uniform into the building? How do you track who comes and goes? With an automated visitor management system, you can keep track of which delivery people are in the building and when they check out.
If you have volunteers on campus or on-scene, you can use visitor management to assign badges and have updated information of those you've given access to. You can also track hours of volunteer work.
ScholarChip offers Student Pickup tracking – an automated, integrated way to ensure that students are picked up by authorized people and only during authorized times.
Does your organization host events? Maybe your school wants to go on a field trip to the nearest history museum – do you have an automated, efficient way to track the students? With visitor management solutions, you can.
Bridgeway Solutions offers premier visitor management solutions: ScholarChip’s four options, RapidTAG by Salamander, EPIC Track, and CardExchange Visitor.
The 5 ways to use visitor management are further explored below.
ScholarChip is the leading source for automated, modular, integrated safety and organizational solutions for K12. They specialize in streamlining and securing school functions, data, and activities. Visitor management is one way that ScholarChip helps schools become efficient, 21st century organizations while beefing up safety for everyone in the school.
ScholarChip offers four levels of visitor management and all of them come with the added benefit of searching national, state-specific, and third-party sex offender databases upon entering/scanning a visitor’s ID card.
Their first option is Forever Free, which means that you can begin your digital visitor management journey (no more logbooks) for free. Forever.
ScholarChips’s second option is Enhanced Visitor Manager, which offers the same features as Forever Free, plus:
Cloud Plus Visitor Manager is the 3rd level of Visitor Manager from ScholarChip. It combines the features of Forever and Enhanced Visitor Manager versions, plus:
Professional Visitor Manager is ScholarChip's ultimate visitor management system which includes integration with your school’s SIS. The system includes all of the above features plus a Visitor Kiosk and:
Approval or disapproval of a visitor is quick and easy because the data is automated via the internal SIS.
About ScholarChip’s Professional Visitor Manager
Many companies that provide visitor management services gear their solution toward hospitals, corporations, and factories. ScholarChip creates solutions for schools. It is important to understand how choosing a visitor management service can affect your school.
ScholarChip’s Visitor Management is integrated with the school’s School Information System (SIS), like Power School. So, the data collected comes straight from a reliable and accurate source. Professional Visitor Manager can access the daily-updated information of faculty, staff, and students so that it can recognize or send an alert should a visitor want access to the school or a student.
Some schools use manual entry or OCR technology, but those are not 100% accurate – what if the information provided is outdated or fake?
By scanning a person’s state-issued driver’s license, which provides the most current data available, it makes the visiting process more efficient and authentic. Also, by scanning driver licenses, it streamlines the entire visitor process because all that needs to be done is scanning the ID, verifying information that is already updated and instant, and deciding if the person is cleared to do what they are there to do – pick up a child, deliver a package, volunteer, or give a presentation.
Sex Registry Search
Did you know that there are over 700,000 registered sex offenders in the U.S.? How do you make sure that they do not get into your school and that their information is accurate?
ScholarChip’s Professional Visitor Manager relies on an integration service that updates and verifies all the available databases from each available registry, daily. The records are gathered from the Department of Justice’s National Sex
Offender Registry database, state offender databases, and third-party service companies – which, altogether, provide a comprehensive registry.
The Professional Visitor Manager solution uses driver licenses or other state-issued IDs to collect information. This data is then compared with sex offender registries, searching for them by first and last name and date of birth and photo.
If the person is on the list, a predetermined alert may scroll across the screen or a pop-up can appear on the screen indicating that someone must respond to acknowledge receiving the alert. Authority figures (such as an SRO or other administrator as determined by the school) can be alerted via text or email to assist the visitor management attendant.
For example, John Smith is a popular name – running that name, even with a birth date, might pull up several potential matches on the visitor management dashboard. In compliance with your school’s visitor’s policy, the attendant, or other authority as determined by the school, must determine if the John Smith visitor is the same as any in the sex offender databases by carefully reviewing the information presented from all potential matches.
Student Pick-Up Tracking
At any given moment of the school day, a visitor may show up to pick up a student. Professional Visitor Manager by ScholarChip is an efficient way to determine if the visitor has the authority to do so and if there are any limitations on the student pickup. This system scans the state-issued ID, and, using the school’s data from its SIS, can associate a visitor with a student. If the visitor is not associated with a student, the school’s policy should be utilized to determine entry permission.
If the visitor is associated with a student, the system will recognize that information. Professional Visitor Manager will also recognize if a visitor has been barred from picking a student up at all, or on certain days. These results are displayed on-screen (including all customized comments or notes attached to each file).
Records are updated daily, so the school and the system will have the most accurate and reliable data available.
RapidTAG by Salamander
Visitor management is critical during emergency incidents.
RapidTAG is an easy-to-use and efficient visitor management solution where visitors simply scan their state-issued ID through a card reader and a visitor pass is automated. Each tag has a unique barcode.
The system captures the visitor’s photo and personal data from their ID, which allows the organization to track visitors and access reports.
Emergency managers might have responders scan their IDs and grab a tag in emergency situations so they have an accurate representation of who is checked in and out and who is on-scene. If connected to the Internet, responder activity is updated via SalamanderLive™.
EPIC Track is an efficient, uncomplicated intuitive software solution. Track people, items, places, and more with little training. It is a straightforward solution with an easy-to-use interface and ready-made reports. Affordable and simple to integrate with mobile devices, this system can be used quickly and anywhere.
This visitor management system features:
EPIC Track consists of a mobile device and the EPIC Track Server. Your school or organization can take advantage of the simplistic design of this visitor management system and utilize it to grow with your organization – you can use this system with however many tracking devices you need.
EPIC Track supports most formats including 1D and 2D barcodes, QR tags, MiFare, Moca and DesFire cards. Plus EPIC Track is compatible with Apple, Android and Windows operating systems. EPIC Track is compatible with:
And supports the following types of IDs:
CardExchange® Visitor Management solution offers a comprehensible solution that acclimates and develops to fit your needs. With the ability to pre-register visitors, CardExchange Visitor management is an efficient solution to make the visitor process streamlined and seamless.
You can build a black list for your company to keep disapproved visitors from gaining access to your organization. Do even more by connecting to a government criminal database to ensure unwanted visitors are kept out.
This visitor management system provides custom templates so you can have documents ready for visitors to sign upon their check-in.
Within CardExchange Visitor, you can develop and oversee various events. CardExchange Visitor can also provide you with a touch-screen kiosk mode.
Questions or Comments
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NEW YORK, N.Y., March 27, 2017 -- ScholarChip®, the largest provider of automates schools safety and operations services, is making a version of it's popular Enterprise-class Visitor Management program available to eligible schools, free of charge. Budget is no longer a barrier to a basic level of school campus safety.
The Forever Free version includes two critical components of the ScholarChip Visitor Management system: the ability to register and check in visitors, and the capacity to check visitors against a comprehensive database of sex offenders.
Maged Atiya, ScholarChip CEO/CTO, said, “All of us with deep concern about school safety, as well as providers of safety technology and solutions, have to ask ourselves a simple question: How can I help? Offering ScholarChip’s Forever Free Visitor Management is a step in the right direction.”
There are over 700,000 registered sex offenders in the United States, and it is vital that administrators identify any visitor who is registered before they can be allowed into a school. Each state, many Indian territories, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands maintain separate sex offender registries, while the Department of Justice maintains its own separate database for federal offenders.
Unlike most visitor management companies, ScholarChip integrates, verifies, and updates all databases downloaded from each available registry on a daily basis. This data is collected through the Department of Justice’s National Sex Offender Registry database, individual state offender databases, and third-party service companies, and is used to create the most comprehensive registry available to K12 today. ScholarChip’s sex-offender registry check further enhances safety.
The national dialogue on school safety is a vital and continuing one, and we know that school budgets are tight,” added Dr. Atiya. “I’m glad that we are able to offer free visitor management to those schools that need it.”
ScholarChip is the largest provider of smart ID cards used for attendance, payment processing, visitor management, secure door access, and behavior management services in K12. It was first to market in centralizing and integrating School Safety and Operations System with a true one- card solution, which operates seamlessly with popular Student Information Systems and NFC mobile devices. ScholarChip's Higher Education services include Tuition Payment Plans, Loan Servicing, Student Retention Services, and a compliant Payment Gateway.
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