CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - In the midst of the hustle and bustle this morning at Midlothian High School, there's a new effort underway to keep students safe.
A program called RAPTOR is being piloted at Hopkins Elementary School.
RAPTOR scans a government id and cross referencing it with the National Sex Offendor Registry and the districts list of trespassers.
The concept is simple. Track who's coming in and out of the school.
"If there was an unfortunate situation with someone who didn't belong on the school property, they'd be able to know at a moment's notice and be able to deal with that particular situation," said Shawn Smith of Chesterfield County Schools.
The newest thing this year in Henrico County schools is the superintendent.
Dr. Patrick Russo joins Henrico from the Hampton city school district where he held the same position.
With more than three decades of experience, the veteran school leader says his top priority is to help all children, especially those who may have special needs or a language barrier.
And in the Richmond public school system, there's a new leadership program for middle school students.
The mission of the Franklin Military Leadership Academy is to prepare students to meet life's challenges both academically and socially. One hundred boys and girls will get to take part in the program.
So clearly lots of new and exciting things going on in school districts all around our region.