September 7, 2013
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Visitors to many Roanoke Valley schools are now being asked to bring a driver's license to gain entry .
The valley's two largest school systems have new sign-in procedures for visitors this school year, which include swiping the picture ID cards before entering the hallways.
In Roanoke County the visitor's identification will be run against a national sex offender registry and the visit will be logged . In Roanoke an ID dropped through a card reader will record the visitor's name and address and log the visit.
School officials said the new procedures are about keeping children safe. They reflect a nationwide focus on school safety in the wake of the mass killings of children and staff at a Connecticut elementary school last year.