The safety of our students is paramount with us, and we want to do all we can to continue to make Webster Groves High School a safe haven for our students. Please review the following safety procedures for the 2018-19 school year:
For Our Students
During the school year, our building will officially open at 7:00 a.m. Students may not enter the building until that time. Students will use the Senior Entrance to enter until 7:30 a.m. Please note the following times students are allowed to enter other areas of the building:
- Library opens at 7:00 a.m.
- Cafeteria opens at 7:30 a.m.
- Junior Entrance/Roberts Gym Entrance opens at 7:30 a.m.
Each day at 8:00 a.m., all of our exterior doors will be locked. Students may exit these doors, but they can only re-enter through the Senior Entrance using the buzzer system. The gates in front of the high school on Selma Avenue shall also be locked from 8:30 a.m.—2:00 p.m. during school days for the safety of our students.
Seniors who exit campus for lunch will re-enter at the Senior Entrance and must present their IDs.
For Our Parents/Visitors
All visitors to the high school will enter the Senior Entrance and must ring the bell for entry. We are now using a new check-in system from Raptor Technologies to improve safety for students and staff by screening visitors, contractors, and volunteers at all school buildings.
We will ask visitors to wait outside the building at the Senior entrance during our five minute passing periods before buzzing them in.
Here’s how it works: Immediately after being allowed to enter at the Senior Entrance, all school visitors must report to the Main Office and will be asked to present a driver’s license or state-issued ID, which will pass through a scanner. Parents and other volunteers who visit regularly or participate in field trips only need to do this once. If you don’t have government-issued identification, we will enter the information manually. Within a few seconds, the Raptor system will check a visitor’s name and date of birth against a national database of registered sex offenders to ensure that offenders aren’t entering a school without our knowledge. No other information from the ID will be gathered or recorded.
Once an entry is approved, Raptor issues a visitor badge. Should the system find a match in the offender database, however, the school administrative assistant will receive a notification but no details. Only the assistant superintendent of human resources will have access to the results. You can watch a short video about the new system here:
The safety of our students is our highest priority. This new system provides the schools a quick and efficient way to identify anyone who might present a danger to students. For additional information, we have provided a list of frequently asked questions, Raptor FAQ.
As we prepare for our start of the new school year, we have continued to work with law enforcement, community members, district-level and building level employees, and students to foster a school that is working to keep students and adults safe. The Secret Service released a recent report that noted, “Everyone has a role to play in preventing school violence and creating safe school climates.” One of the most important as aspects of school climate is that each child has a trusted adult--a champion with whom they are connected and impacted by. We are endeavored to engage in connecting purposefully with students and addressing their general welfare. Further, we encourage all members of our community to communicate significant concerns directly with us in the effort to best allow our students and adults to grow and learn together.
Dr. Matt Irvin