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Top Considerations for Safely Reopening

Podcast Summary: School Safety Expert Shares His Top Considerations for Safely Reopening

Before schools return to in-person learning, they must reevaluate their school safety plans. COVID-19 has left many students dealing with trauma from losing loved ones and/or being isolated throughout the pandemic. Experts say this trauma may lead to an increase in violence and behavioral incidents as students navigate through new emotions and stressors.  Paul Timm, Vice President of Facility Engineering Associates, P.C., recently shared his insights into how the school

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school safety drills

Nine Types of School Safety Drills and Exercises

School safety drills play an essential role in developing the skills that students and staff need to protect themselves during an emergency. The more schools conduct well planned safety drills, the more intuitive the processes will become for participants and the more successful your school’s emergency response will be. Below is an overview of nine  school safety drills and exercises

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Podcast - Addressing Student Mental Health

Podcast Summary: Addressing Student Mental Health and K-12 Emergency Preparedness

Being isolated from their friends and families, as well being exposed to trauma, has negatively affected many students’ wellbeing. This consequence of the pandemic is why experts are motivating schools to focus on mental health needs and be ready for a possible increase in school violence. Dr. Scott Poland, Professor and Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office, and Chief

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Safety Grant Application

How Persuasive Storytelling Can Help You Write a Winning K-12 Safety Grant Application

Most K-12 safety grants are highly competitive, and there are more applicants than money available. To increase your chance of being awarded, it’s important that you clearly describe your project and how it will improve your student, staff, and overall school safety. It’s also just as important that your passion is evident, and your story is clear and persuasive.   Below we answer some of the most common questions

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Maximize K-12 ESSER Funds

Funding Doctor Shares Top Strategies to Maximize K-12 ESSER Funds

Known as the “Funding Doctor,” Dr. Paula Love, in partnership with Raptor Technologies, is helping districts navigate and maximize COVID-19 stimulus funds to address school safety now and beyond the pandemic. In a recent webinar, Dr. Love answered schools’ most pressing questions and provided overall strategies for applying and spending these funds. Our conversation is summarized below. Listen to our full discussion in on-demand webinar here.   What are

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School Safety Drills

How to Consider Your Students’ Developmental Levels for Age-Appropriate, Effective Drills

The National Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Resource Officers, and Safe and Sound Schools agree that school emergency preparedness drills and exercises are important to overall school safety, but these exercises and drills can be traumatizing if they are not age-appropriate and based on best practices.  In their latest publication, “Best Practice Considerations for Armed Assailant Drills in Schools,” these experts

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School Safety Grant

Three Best Practices for Writing Your Next K-12 School Safety Grant

There are many Federal and state grants for school safety software. Most of these grant programs are open once a year and require a considerable amount of research and planning to submit a successful application. These grants are also highly competitive, and funders usually receive far more applications than the amount of money available.   Writing a persuasive application

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Address Learning Loss with ESSER Funds

Address Learning Loss with ESSER Funds and K-12 Enrichment Programs

“This summer, more than ever, our highest priority must be on providing safe spaces with caring adults, and learning opportunities grounded in student interests that can re-spark their engagement, foster their recovery, and prepare them for returning to in-person learning in the fall.” 2021 California Summer Learning Guide: Investing in Resilience and Relationships  Students have suffered

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COPS SVPP Grant

How to Apply to COPS SVPP Grant to Fund Your School Safety Software

How To Purchase School Safety Software with the 2021 COPS School Violence Prevention Program Grant The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) provides a competitive award program—the School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)—to give funding to K-12 schools to improve their security and safety. The COPS Office is within U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The SVPP

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Effective Safety Drills: A Conversation with a K-12 Drill Researcher

Effective Safety Drills: A Conversation with a K-12 Drill Researcher

Effective Safety Drills: A Conversation with a Leading K-12 Drill Researcher Remote learning and physical distancing have made it harder for schools to train students and staff on emergency protocols and response. As schools reopen, leaders must re-prioritize K-12 school safety drills to ensure their school communities can confidently respond to any situation. Experts also warn we may see an increase in on-campus threats and

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maximize K-12 stimulus funding

Maximize K-12 Stimulus Funding to Improve Long-Term School Safety

Maximizing K-12 Stimulus Funding to Improve Long-Term School Safety The CARES Act, CRRSA Act, and ARP Act are giving districts an unprecedented amount of stimulus funding to address the impacts of COVID-19. When used strategically, districts can purchase the tools needed to safely reopen, respond to COVID-19, and maintain a safe learning environment long after the pandemic ends.  Below we look at how school safety software can have

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School Reopening & Continuity Plan for ESSER Funding

Writing Your School Reopening & Continuity Plan for ARP ESSER Fund

How to Write Your School Reopening & Continuity Plan to Meet ARP ESSER Fund Requirements The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act includes the ARP ESSER Fund, which allocates $126 billion to K-12 schools. These funds give districts and schools the resources to implement recommended best practices for K-12 reopening and staying open. The U.S. Department

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K-12 Parent-Student Reunification

Key Strategies for K-12 Parent-Student Reunification

A critical aspect of K-12 emergency response is the accountable reunification of students with their parents or guardians. A successful, streamlined reunification requires schools to implement tangible plans for each type of reunification, including on-site, off-site, and partial. Below is an overview of each type and key things you must consider for your school reunification

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Clear Communication During a School Emergency

Seven Tips for Clear Communication During a School or District Emergency

Clear communication is critical for expedited, successful school emergency response. There have unfortunately been numerous incidents where response was jeopardized due to misinformation or lack of communication between the school and first responders.   Below are seven tips schools should consider to ensure everyone—teachers, staff, students, first responders, and law enforcement agencies—has the information they need to quickly and intelligently respond to any emergency.   1. Use One Integrated

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Top 3 Ways Volunteers Can Support Students’ Return to School and Ongoing Success

As schools reopen, more and more volunteers—both in-person and virtual—will be needed to support students as they return to in-person learning. Volunteers, like tutors, mentors, and other educational professionals, play a significant role in both supporting students and improving their academic performance. Students that work with volunteers are also more likely to stay engaged in school. Below are the

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Enhanced 911 Calling

Expedite Emergency Response with Enhanced 911 Calling

“It took 69 seconds before the first law enforcement officer was notified. At that point, Cruz (the assailant) had already shot 23 people on the first floor of Building 12.” Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission Initial Report  The tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is a grim example of what can

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Alyssa’s Law compliance

Alyssa’s Law: Top 5 Reasons Districts Partner with Raptor for Compliance

All public and charter schools in Florida are required to demonstrate Alyssa’s Law compliance by August 1, 2021. Choosing the right partner is the foundation of your success, not only to meet the approaching deadline but to also have a panic button and alert system that is truly valuable for k-12 emergency response.  Below are the top five reasons Florida districts

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Students Safely Running to their Safe School Evironment

How One District Simplified School Safety with The “I Love U Guys” Foundation and Raptor

Nick Lucas is the Director of Safety and Security at Craven County Schools in North Carolina. Having decades of experience in law enforcement, as well as 8 years in the U.S. Navy, Nick recognized the district’s need for a comprehensive emergency management approach. When looking at various organizations for guidance, Nick discovered that Raptor—who the district is already partnered with for visitor management—is a mission partner of The “I

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ESSER COVID-19 Relief Funds

A Closer Look: What Schools Need to Know About ESSER COVID-19 Relief Funds

In March 2020, the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act in response to the pandemic. CARES included approximately $13.2 billion for The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, signed into law in December 2020, provides an additional $54.3 billion in an ESSER II Fund. In March

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How a California School Maintains Peace of Mind with Age-Appropriate Safety Training and Raptor Partnership

We recently hosted a webinar about essential actions school administrators, teachers, and support staff can take to establish security measures, build a healthy school culture, and conduct proper training. In the webinar: Adam Coughran, President and Co-Founder of Safe Kids, Inc., discussed the research behind the H.E.R.O. Program. The program includes age-appropriate student-facing curriculum, professional development for staff, an accessibility guide for students with special needs,

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Safe Practices for In-Person Learning

Safe Practices for In-Person Learning: CDC and Department of Education Publish New Operational Strategies

Together, the CDC and The U.S. Department of Education (ED) have launched a comprehensive, all-in-one operational strategy for K-12 schools to safely reopen and remain open. In February 2021, the CDC released a new roadmap, “Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation,” which recommends key strategies to safely return to and maintain in-person learning. To support the CDC

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School safety priorities

Raptor Survey Provides Insight into Top School Safety Priorities

Our most insightful channel to what is occurring within districts across the nation is having discussions with our over 35,000 partner schools. We recently asked them about their learning environment, current challenges, and concerns about the spring semester and the 2021/2022 school year. Here’s what nearly 200 schools across the U.S. said. Majority of Schools Have People on Campus With so many uncertainties about the pandemic, schools shut buildings and transitioned

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Florida DOE Selects Raptor as a Partner for Alyssa’s Law Compliance

Days after the somber third anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, the Florida Department of Education named Raptor as an approved partner for Florida’s Alyssa’s Law mandate.   Florida public and charter schools are required to have a mobile panic alert system implemented by August 1, 2021. Schools must act knowledgably and swiftly to choose the right partner and solution to meet

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Fargo Public Schools tests new security system for visitors

Top 5 Questions to Ask When Evaluating Panic Button Solutions

“Time is of the essence. [The] Marjory Stoneman [Douglas tragedy] taught us that.” –  Dave Lupinetti, Charlotte County Public School District (FL) We all understand how prompt emergency awareness and response can drastically impact any situation. We also all recognize how fast emergencies escalate and why a panic button is a critical need for any school. Panic button

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School Safety Now & Post COVID-19: A Panel Discussion

With over 35,000 K-12 partner schools, Raptor is fortunate to have thousands of insightful conversations with schools across the country about what is occurring within their buildings and communities. We recently had a panel discussion with two Raptor partner districts to talk about school safety now and after the pandemic. The panel included: Marti Neahring: Director, Student

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The Importance of School Safety During COVID-19

Schools have shown incredible dedication, flexibility, and innovation as COVID-19 forced them to address the many urgent threats of the pandemic. Now—about a year after the virus began to impact our communities—schools must continue COVID-19 response while supporting daily operations and focusing on student and staff safety.  This focus on safety must consider  safety policies and procedures, like being prepared for any emergency, maintaining an updated emergency operations plan (EOP), and ensuring only approved individuals have school access. Although

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Beyond Alyssa’s Law Compliance: Why Florida Schools Need More than a Panic Button

Alyssa’s Law, which requires Florida public and charter schools to have silent panic alert systems linked directly to first responder and law enforcement agencies, is an excellent example of legislation that captures solid emergency management practices. We all understand the need to comply with Alyssa’s Law, but why should you go above and beyond the requirements? Responding to Emergencies Requires More than

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How Schools Can Meet and Exceed Emergency Management Expectations

Schools are obligated to protect their students and staff from any threat and emergency, whether it’s a manmade incident like violence or a natural hazard such as inclement weather and pandemics. This protection requires robust planning. It’s not just a matter of feeling safe; it’s also necessary to maintain the integrity of your educational environment.   We all know why emergency management is important, but what does successful emergency management

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Why (and How) Schools are Implementing Visitor Management Systems During COVID-19

Schools, especially those who have limited visitation or have moved to remote learning models, may question why they should switch from paper and pencil logbooks to a visitor management system during the pandemic. A robust visitor management system includes screening visitors for sex offender status and custody alerts as well as helping keep your school community safe from COVID-19. Leveraging a visitor management system will continue to help keep your schools safe and be a critical component to your school security approach long after the

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How to Quickly Respond to the Most Common School Incidents

Planning for wide-scale emergencies is absolutely critical, but localized, everyday incidents are more frequent. You’ve probably already responded to more than one irate visitor, sprained ankle, or flooded restroom. You know how these everyday situations can quickly escalate without the presence of the appropriate personnel to identify and resolve the issue.  Experts also warn that we may see an increase

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Top 5 Considerations for Effective & Safe K-12 Active Shooter Training

Although school shootings are relatively rare, it’s imperative that schools—and everyone inside of them—know exactly what to do in an active shooter situation. Training, which includes conducting drills, helps teachers, students, and staff respond to the emergency and ultimately save lives. These top 5 considerations are based on recommendations and best practices from various school safety experts, including the National Association of School Resources Officers

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Checklist of Safety Best Practices

A School Safety Checklist: Action Items to Strengthen Your Emergency Response

Over 55 million students—and their guardians—trust schools to keep them safe. Being able to successfully respond to emergencies is a key component of maintaining this trust and sustaining a safe school. There are many facets to emergency response, and as the school climate continues to change and new legislation takes effect, schools are obligated to have processes and resources to prepare for, respond to,

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Age Appropriate Safety Training Through Raptor and Safe Kids Partnership

COVID-19 continues to disrupt daily lives and drastically impact our students, staff, and learning environments. Industry leaders and mental health professionals have warned that we may see an increase in incidents or students who “act out” as our classrooms reopen.   It’s more imperative than ever that our schools are safeguarded and that the people within them can confidently

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The Importance of Building Relationships Between Schools and Law Enforcement: A Panel Discussion

In a recent webinar, K-12 experts and law enforcement leaders discussed why the partnership between law enforcement and schools is critical to school safety. The panel includes:  James Englert: SRO at Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and Board Member of The “I Love U Guys” Foundation and National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO)   Chris Zimmerman: Principal at Douglas County School District and Board Member of The “I Love U Guys” Foundation  Carly Posey:

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Top 5 Questions to Ask when Evaluating a Visitor Management Partner

Visitor management systems have the same goals: to keep unwanted entrants out and track visitor activity. But not all systems are created equal and not all vendors can provide a solution and partnership that are valuable. Below are five questions you should ask when evaluating visitor management solution providers. Top 5 Questions Is the solution designed for K-12? Schools need

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Guide to K-12 Emergency Management

Best Practices: Comprehensive Approach to School Safety

America’s Safe Schools Week was October 17-23. To honor America’s Safe Schools Week all month, Raptor Technologies® is sharing some of the best practices we have compiled from our 32,000 K-12 clients and nearly 20 years of experience as a school safety partner. This series of 4 articles highlights drills, emergency response, parent-student reunification, and

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Ten Essential Actions to Improve School Safety: A Summary of the DOJ COPS Office Report

In their report, Ten Essential Actions to Improve Safety, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) School Safety Working Group shared 10 things schools can do—from a law enforcement perspective—to mitigate and prevent school violence. The report recommends schools take a balanced, holistic, and robust approach to school safety that involves multidisciplinary planning

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Best Practices: Parent-Student Reunification

America’s Safe Schools Week is October 17-23. To honor America’s Safe Schools Week all month, Raptor Technologies® is sharing some of the best practices we have compiled from our 32,000 K-12 clients and nearly 20 years of experience as a school safety partner. This series of 4 articles highlights drills, emergency response, parent-student reunification, and

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Best Practices: Emergency Response

America’s Safe Schools Week is October 17-23. To honor America’s Safe Schools Week all month, Raptor Technologies® is sharing some of the best practices we have compiled from our 32,000 K-12 clients and nearly 20 years of experience as a school safety partner. This series of 4 articles highlights drills, emergency response, parent-student reunification, and

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Best Practices: School Safety Drills

America’s Safe Schools Week is October 17-23. To honor America’s Safe Schools Week all month, Raptor Technologies® is sharing some of the best practices we have compiled from our 32,000 K-12 clients and nearly 20 years of experience as a school safety partner. This series of 4 articles highlights drills, emergency response, parent-student reunification, and more.  Emergency situations—when any decision could be the difference between life and death—can be stressful

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Broward County Public Schools Successfully Implement a Safety Solution

Robert Sanders, Senior I&T Project Manager at Broward County Public Schools, knew evaluating and implementing a visitor management solution would be an immense project. With over 250 campuses, ever-growing departments and buildings spread across a vast geographical area, thousands of staff to train, and increased scrutiny, Robert was familiar with the unique challenges a district-wide implementation would have—but no one was familiar with

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Updating your Emergency Operations Plan for COVID-19

Updating your Emergency Operations Plan for COVID-19

When students, teachers, and staff are in school—and when parents send their children to school—they expect the school to keep them safe from an array of threats like bad weather, acts of violence, student fights, and now COVID-19. A comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that outlines how your school will prepare for, respond to, and

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Federal and State Funding Sources Help Districts Purchase Raptor and Address Complex Safety Needs

Federal and State Funding Sources Help Districts Purchase Raptor and Address Complex Safety Needs

Meeting stringent drill requirements, identifying dangerous visitors, vetting and managing school volunteers, being equipped to respond to emergencies, and protecting communities against COVID-19 are just some of the increasingly complex school safety needs that districts must address. Below we discuss how Raptor® empowers schools to address these needs and which federal and state funding sources

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Florida Alyssas Law

“Alyssa’s Law” in Florida: What Schools Need to Expedite Emergency Response and Comply with the Law

Seventeen people lost their lives and 17 others were injured when an assailant opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018. Lori Alhadeff, who lost her 14-year-old daughter Alyssa that day, turned her tragic loss into action. “Alyssa’s Law”—named after Alyssa Alhadeff—is legislation that requires public schools to have silent panic buttons or alarms that link directly to law enforcement

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Student, Staff, and Visitor COVID-19 Screening Complies with State Guidelines and Reduces COVID-19’s Spread

COVID-19 has changed typical back-to-school plans and has caused schools around the nation to revisit many policies—from updating attendance requirements to reducing class sizes to changing visitor management procedures. However, one thing has remained the same: schools have an obligation to provide safe and secure learning environments for their students and staff. Knowing that students,

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Automated Visitor Management

Paper and Pencil Visitor Management vs. an Automated System?

School security software has made great inroads in the last five or six years, being adopted by increasing numbers of K−12 schools, yet a significant number of schools still rely on some form of handwritten, hard-copy visitor log to document and track school visitors, volunteers, and contractors. Keeping track of school visitors is essential, of

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Managing, Screening, and Approving Virtual Volunteers During COVID-19

Managing, Screening, and Approving Virtual Volunteers During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic may have altered your school’s typical volunteer plan. Volunteers for bake sales, for example, may no longer be needed—at least for the time being—but engaging your community through volunteerism is still a great way to promote and maintain a positive environment. While in-person or group volunteering events may have to be rescheduled,

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CARES Act: What Schools Need to Know

On March 27, 2020, the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The $2 trillion CARES Act relief package includes $30.75 billion for an Education Stabilization Fund, which provides flexibilities for states to respond to the pandemic.  The Act includes two grant programs that

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How Visitor Management Will Play a Critical Role as Schools Start to Reopen

School closures and stay-in-place restrictions have placed huge demands on students, parents, administrators, and teachers. School officials and faculty have shown tremendous agility and dedication in adapting instruction, resource distribution, and meal delivery to keep meeting their students’ needs in the face of the pandemic. This flexibility and innovation,   occurring as it has within days

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Delivering Personal & Graduation Items to Students During COVID-19

As the school year reaches its end and social distancing remains in effect, there is an increased focus on delivering personal items left behind and/or graduation items to students. This type of distribution, where items belong to specific students, can be difficult to manage and bring challenges such as: Ensuring items are delivered to the

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Standard Distribution Method™ Helps Schools Respond to Crises and Deliver Resources to Students During School Closures

With thousands of school closures in response to COVID-19, The “I Love U Guys” Foundation®—a well-known school safety organization that provides research-based best practices to help schools respond to crises—realized it could modify its Standard Reunification Method™ (SRM) to meet schools’ needs for distributing critical resources to students, such as homework, learning devices, and meals.

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Compliance with ‘Alyssa’s Law’ Improves Safety and Accelerates Emergency Response

Compliance with ‘Alyssa’s Law’ Improves Safety and Accelerates Emergency Response Updated August 20, 2020 “Alyssa’s Law”—named after Alyssa Alhadeff, a victim of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy in February 14, 2018—was passed into law in New Jersey in February 2019 and requires all New Jersey public K-12 schools to be equipped with a panic alarm linked to local law

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Access Control Systems vs. Visitor Management Systems

Access Control vs. Visitor Management Systems A primary concern for educators and parents alike is a threatening intruder entering a school and endangering the lives of students and staff. Two key tools districts rely on to stop intruders are visitor management systems and access control systems. Although both systems help provide a safer environment by

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Key Components of an Offsite Parent-Student Reunification

A Streamlined Reunification Process Minimizes Fear and Chaos When a student finds himself in a crisis event at school, one of his first thoughts is getting to safety and finding his caregivers. Moreover, research shows that the sooner students are reunited with their caregivers, the less likely they are to suffer from symptoms of traumatic

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Madison County Schools install Raptor to flag unsafe visitors

This article originally appeared on WHNT 19News. To view the original article, click here. Jun 21, 2019   MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — The Madison County Board of Education is investing in some serious security for their schools. It’s a new system that keeps track of every visitor, where they are, who they are, and checks a

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6 Tips for School Violence Prevention

877-772-7867 Facebook Twitter Linkedin Youtube Get Started Request A Quote 6 Tips for school violence prevention School violence can be prevented.  A predictable “pathway to violence” can be observed as school shooters plan out their attacks ahead of time, disclosing these plans through friends, social media, and assignments.  Often multiple adults are troubled by their

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raptor system stops missouri sex offender trying to enter a school

This article originally appeared on The Kansas city star. To view the original article, click here. Aug 19, 2018 Robert M. Atwell Jr., 40, of Marceline, Missouri WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE A man accompanied a woman to a Tennessee elementary school early Monday morning to register her child for classes. It was the first day of school

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Northern Kentucky school district installs Raptor check in system

This article originally appeared on wcpo 9 News. To view the original article, click here. Emily Hanford-Ostmann Feb 12, 2019 By: Emily Hanford-Ostmann NEWPORT, Ky. — Parents and other adults visiting a Newport public school during regular hours must have an ID on hand. Newport Independent Schools installed the new background-checking software, Raptor, which scans visitors’ IDs before they go

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Cleveland City Schools making changes to keep students safe

This article originally appeared on WRCBtv news. To view the original article, click here. Anna Huffstutler November 26th 2018 The school system has started using the Raptor Visitor Management System to make their schools safer. Next time you visit a Cleveland City school, you will notice some changes. The school system has started using the Raptor Visitor Management

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The Role of Technology in Today’s School Safety Landscape

The Role of Technology in Today’s School Safety Landscape

Updated May 2021 Experts recommend that schools take a balanced, holistic, and robust approach to school safety in order to keep their students, staff, and schools safe from various threats and emergencies. This balanced approach includes:  preventing unsafe individuals from entering your buildings successfully responding to any emergency screening and approving volunteers Raptor provides integrated visitor, volunteer, and

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Every Second Counts

Crisis. It’s the last thing anyone ever wants. No matter how strong you are, what you’ve been through or how much crisis training you’ve taken — no one wants to go through an emergency situation. Our schools are one place where preparing for crisis incidents needs to be a regular occurrence. The fire drills from

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Equipped Against Chaos

Sandy Hook. Columbine. Marysville. Nickel Mines. Our nation has seen tragedy strike in our schools month after month, year after year. The shootings at these schools have been terrifying, complex, and stress the need on all of us for schools to have a serious plan for school safety. Fires, tornados, bomb threats, active shooters, gas

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Five Hundred Million

That’s how many hours our volunteers spend in schools every single year. 500,000,000 Hours. That’s over 57,000 people years! That’s almost as long as it took to build the Great Pyramid in Egypt. That’s the more than nine times the length of modern human civilization on our planet that is contributed voluntarily every single year to our

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A Scary Carnival

Imagine, if you will: it’s Wednesday, October 22nd. Your school’s fall carnival is less than three days away. You have 20 game booths, 10 concession stands, and a silent auction to manage over a four-hour carnival. That means you need over 100 volunteers. Last year’s carnival raised more than $25,000 to help fund programs at

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Safe Schools

Everyone wants the schools in their community to be safe. We can all agree on this. Often times, though, safety is taken for granted. For decades, schools were considered a safe haven where caring teachers taught and young children learned. Even when circumstances in the world outside were chaotic, schools were a safe place. Over the

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Imagine A World

Technology is an amazing thing. In the past two decades, the advancement of technology has revolutionized nearly every facet of our lives. Personal computers make us more productive and able to do things we never could before. The rise of the Internet and the power of cloud computing combined gives us access to information at

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The Front Door

Technology is a critical component in the education of our nation’s children. “Overall education technology spending globally will reach $19 billion by 2019,” states Fortune magazine (April 28, 2015). However, there is one critical area where investments are lagging behind: The Front Door. In an increasingly technology-driven era in our schools, many of the institutions

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