High schools upgrade security with sign-in app

| 12/10/2023 | 23 Comments
  • Clifton Hunter High School, Cayman News Service
  • Clifton Hunter High School, Cayman News Service

(CNS): The Ministry of Education has introduced a new digital sign-in process for visitors at John Gray and Clifton Hunter High Schools that is designed to enhance safety and security by managing and monitoring the entry and exit of visitors. The system was installed at the two schools on Friday, 29 September, and will be introduced in all government schools by the end of the year.

According to a release from the ministry, when a visitor arrives at a school where the process is installed, visitors will be directed to sign in at a digital kiosk. The screen will display information about their expected conduct on the school campus, which that they must read and acknowledge. Then a visitor badge showing the name, photo and the date and time of the visit will be generated, which must be worn at all times while on the school campus.

“The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority,” said Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly. “The new visitor sign-in app is one of the steps we are taking to ensure a safe and secure school environment.”

The MoE tested the sign-in app at the Education Professionals Welcome in August, successfully registering more than 900 educators and other guests.

Jacynth Tibbetts, who works in the Early Intervention Programme, said it was efficient and reduces entry time.”Its ability to take photos will also enhance safety and security on school premises by informing staff who is on-site,” she said. “Overall, I found the app effective and prompt.”

Officials said the ministry has implemented several other measures to enhance school safety, including the Teach Team Positive Behaviour Management Training Programme, child safeguarding training modules, and the development of the Anti-bullying Policy.

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  1. Beaumont Zodecloun says:

    As long as this is an absolute requirement for visitors prior to entering the grounds, then it is a good thing. If a person can still sneak in, it is worthless.

    Means that are voluntary only regulate the law-abiding.

  2. Anonymous says:

    That’s it then, all our problems are solved. Well done.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Imagine bragging about sticking an iPad on the reception desk…. this has been common practice in the UK for 10 years if not longer.

    If you send your children to these schools you are failing your children. Fact.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wonder how many times Mickey Mouse has visited so far?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Technology for the sake of it. What a waste of money

  6. Anonymous says:

    Why not have this for students and the teachers too with photos taken that they entered the school and at what time. Which then the photo and the time entry is logged online and the parents notified. So the parents know when the student got to school. Same for entering each classroom. So at all times, you know where each student is located.

    Add cameras on campus to monitor the students and teachers. Allows to see the instigators of the fights etc.

    • Anonymous says:

      Big brother at its finest

      • Anonymous says:

        How do you monitor that the children are in class or who they children are who they say they are? You act as if the teachers care. The children should have student cards that they have to carry with them at all times and used as swipe cards to enter classrooms/bathrooms/gym etc. it ensures they are only allowed to enter areas they are allowed. Piggy backing can occur. But if you have cameras at each entrance then you can see if that happens also.

        Children need identification and need boundaries and rules. Don’t you see all the fights? The school does not have the place under control. The children do not know how to behave in a workplace because they are not accustomed to rules.

        • Beaumont Zodecloun says:

          Sadly, I agree. The world has changed. I also understand the view of 6:56, because in our youth, such measures would have been consistent with Orwell’s 1984. However, modern times require modern solutions. If we cannot prevent violence in schools, we have to be able to watch, and act quickly.

          In my day, schoolyard fights were common, but they were also different. They were about personal grievances, not turf, not gang, and they never EVER causes serious injuries. The world has changed, and we have to change with it. We have to be able to protect our kids while they are at school. Hopefully, they are safe once they are home.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Does nothing that a book and a ‘my name is’ sticker does almost as well for much less coast. (Oh, and a don’t be stupid poster with the rules.) Purposeless and thoughtless use of technology; vendor wins and budget loses. The security remains as it ever was, a human has to assess another human and determine the appropriateness or not of the visitor being on the campus. (The picture doesn’t add any extra security unless you know what face is supposed to go with what name on the badge, which you either do not or the visitor does not need a badge.)

  8. Anonymous says:

    That is going to break in 4 days and never get fixed or used again.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Can we also upgrade the quality of education by voting out Julianna? And maybe not having principals that perform exorcisms.

    • Anonymous says:

      We don’t have Education..
      We only have basic schooling.

      • Al Catraz says:

        As long as they can read as much of the Bible as they need to, then it’s fine.

        The Bible is the greatest book and the only book humanity needs. Turn the library into something worthwhile, as long as everyone has a Bible.

  10. Anonymous says:

    The Education Professionals Welcome trial, aka, a way of ensuring only staff present got paid.

    That event is the funniest, overblown, nonsense I’ve ever seen. No more sneaking out it appears!

    To put into numbers the cost of getting 900 people together to have their backs and faces slapped is astounding.

  11. Anonymous says:


  12. Anonymous says:

    Award-winning school buildings, endless technology but JGHS and CHHS still lag far behind Cayman Prep & High and St Ignatius in actual education standards!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Could that have anything to do with “Caribbeanisation” led by third world teachers..?

      • Anonymous says:

        More likely overpaid entrenched government bureaucrats who make rules designed to limit the amount of actual teaching time that occurs so they can micromanage everything and keep producing substandard education for high prices.

        Public education is destroying the Cayman Islands both by producing self entitled idiots and bankrupting the country.

      • Anonymous says:

        It has everything to do with it. Thanks Roy.

      • Anonymous says:

        No, it’s the Caribbeanisation led by third world parents, @8:16.


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