By Amelia Marceau - January 16, 2020
School safety is a topic that is constantly on everyone’s mind. Between 2000 and 2018, the FBI recognized 42 active shooter incidents in kindergarten through 12th grade locations. The Center for Homeland Defense and Security noted 694 active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2018 taking into consideration the number of times someone entered a K-12 campus with a weapon. Since 1970, CHDS counted more than 1,360 incidents. These staggering numbers have done little to settle both parent and student worries.
When it comes to talking to kids about school safety, parents, teachers and administrators are often cautious not to reveal too much and upset students. However, K-12 students have real fears and worries about the safety of their school, and having open dialogue about school safety could help them feel more secure and prepare them in case there is ever something to worry about.
School’s should have a multi-faceted safety technology to be prepared for the worst and to put kids at ease. Simple safety apps can be lifesaving devices when necessary.
Panic Buttons allow for teachers, administrators and faculty to tap a button that alerts all relevant personnel and simultaneously dials 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. It reduces emergency response time and gets first responders to school faster.
Having a solidified plan and faster contact to all school staff and emergency responders not only puts teachers at ease, but also students. See if your school has the right technology to help ease some of your child’s worries.
Amelia is a marketing intern at Rave. She loves to write about anything safety related. When she’s away from the keyboard, you’ll either find her playing with her dog, ice skating, or competing in a triathlon. Amelia attends the University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in Political Science and Journalism.
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