Bridgeport schools mull access system to screen visitors with instant background check


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BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut — Bridgeport is considering a proposal to keep sex offenders and other criminals out of Bridgeport schools with instant background checks and photo IDs issued to visitors.

The Connecticut Post reports ( ) that police who oversee school district security say the visitor access system is better than asking visitors to sign in and wear a pass.

The plan that would require visitors to a city school to show ID or give their name, which would be entered into a computer.

The computer would conduct instant background checks and print out a temporary picture ID.

Parents and others have raised concerns about privacy and the collection by schools of personal information.

Police say the system uses technology to keep sexual offenders and others with a criminal record out of the schools.

Information from: Connecticut Post,

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