New District 65 tech to improve tracking of visitors, school bus riders

This winter, Evanston/Skokie School District 65 is rolling out Hall Pass and Smart Tag security software at all schools, Superintendent Devon Horton said in a message to families this week.

Hall Pass is similar to the security platform used for visitors at all the entrances to Evanston Township High School. When a visitor arrives at a District 65 school, a safety staff member will ask for a driver’s license or state ID, run a background check through a Hall Pass database and provide the visitor with a badge to wear throughout their time at the school.

Anyone without an ID card can instead provide their full name and date of birth, Horton said. Hall Pass “does NOT check or report on immigration or citizenship status,” he wrote in the announcement.

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