Duval County scholars are heading back to class Monday, and both parents and students will notice some changes on the first day back to school.
WJCT News partner News4Jax reports that as an increased safety measure, Duval County schools have been equipped with ID readers that will check a visitor's background, put their name into a database and print a visitation badge with the visitor's name and the purpose of their visit.
If the system identifies someone who shouldn't be allowed on campus, school administrators will be notified. Jim Culbert, the school district's chief information officer, said the move allows school and district leaders to know who is on the campus at all times.
"It will also tell them, if they're visiting a student, what student that is and also the location in the building they're supposed to be in," Culbert said.
An expanded version of this story that includes a video report and information about this school year’s early release days and more on school safety is at News4Jax.