School Access Management » Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the School Access Management (S.A.M.) system?
S.A.M. is an electronic visitor management system that enhances school safety and security by reading the drivers’ license, or other approved forms of identification, of visitors while automatically comparing it to California Megan’s Law and similar databases nationwide. The system also compares visitors’ identification information to internal flags placed by a school site including, but not limited to, restraining or custody orders. The system then generates and prints a temporary ID badge that includes a photo, name of visitor, date and time, and destination on campus. This electronic visitor management system is designed to permanently replace paper sign-in procedures.

How does it work?
Drivers’ license and government-issued ID information is compared to a database that consists of registered sex offenders from all 50 states, including California. If a match is found, campus administrators and law enforcement personnel will take appropriate steps to keep the campus safe.

Why is PYLUSD using this system?
The top priority of PYLUSD is to create a safe environment for learning and success. S.A.M. will provide a consistent, standardized system to track visitors, while keeping away individuals who may present a danger to students and staff members. The system is also useful during emergencies to know who is on campus.

What other information is the school taking from drivers’ licenses?
S.A.M. is only scanning the visitor’s name, date of birth, partial license number, and photo from their ID card for comparison with the national database of registered sex offenders and any internal flags placed by a school site, such as restraining and custody orders. Additional personal data will not be gathered and no data will be shared with any outside company or organization.

Do we have the right to require visitors, even parents, to produce identification before entering the campus?
Yes. In accordance with California Penal Code 627, school officials need to know who is on campus and why they are there; particularly when a student is involved. School officials need to be able to confirm that an individual has the authority to have access to the student.