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Aldine ISD to introduce new security measures at school

Aldine ISD will introduce a new security measure to help protect students when the 2004-05 school year begins on Aug. 12.

The district has purchased new software called V-soft, which helps track visitors, students, faculty, contractors and volunteers. The V-soft system will be in place at every school in Aldine ISD and will be operational the first day of classes.

All visitors (parents, AISD staff, etc.), volunteers and contractors will be required to check-in when they visit a campus. Individuals will be asked to present a valid state issued ID, which will be scanned into the V-soft system. The system has the ability to provide alerts on people who may jeopardize the safety of AISD students and staff.

The V-soft system contains a public sex offender database which is used to screen visitors to campuses, as well as private alert data entered by schools on custody issues and restraining orders. The data collected is exclusively for the use of Aldine ISD schools, Aldine ISD and law enforcement only. This information will not be sold or shared with any outside sources.

“This is one more tool we can use to keep our children and staff members safer and to provide a safe learning environment for our students,” said Vernon Lewis, assistant superintendent of administration. “We are asking for our parents’ and volunteers’ cooperation in presenting their valid IDs when checking in at school.”