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 this approaching deadline.
Continue reading to learn how you can exceed requirements with a trusted partner that is currently used in 73% of Florida districts.
Exceed State Requirements
Built in collaboration with safety experts and schools across the country, Raptor Alert is a mobile panic alert system that expedites awareness and response to emergencies. The system is customizable to your emergency protocols and empowers teachers and staff to:
- quickly summon help for localized incidents and school- or district-wide emergencies from their mobile device, desktop, or tablet
- call 9-1-1 directly from the app
- communicate in real-time through group messaging
- share their location on an interactive map as well as critical documents, building maps, and floor plans with incident commanders, staff, and first responders
- speak the same language during an emergency by ensuring compliance with your protocols
Charlotte County Public Schools is a Raptor partner district and uses Raptor Visitor Management to track and screen everyone who comes into their schools. “I’m excited about getting Raptor Alert implemented throughout our district,” said Dave Lupinetti, District Security and Emergency Management Supervisor at the district. “We currently utilize Raptor’s Visitor Management solutions, and now we’re looking forward to protecting our students and staff with Raptor Emergency Management and Raptor Alert.”
The intuitive system also allows users to seamlessly switch between campuses without having to worry about their panic button—or the alerts that are sent out—being tied to where their main office is. This capability reduces the potential for false alarms and expedites response by letting everyone know exactly where they are needed. Raptor only accesses and tracks user location during an active emergency.
The system integrates with the Raptor safety platform that is purpose-built for K-12 and trusted by over 35,000 U.S. schools.
Improve Your Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
Having a panic alert system is critical, but a successful emergency response hinders on how well your school community is prepared to act. That’s why Raptor has bundled Raptor Alert with our powerful drill management solution. This empowers schools to efficiently conduct drills within Raptor Alert, enabling students, teachers, staff, and first responders (if participating) to become familiar with the system and develop the muscle memory that is required for confident, streamlined emergency response.
The bundled solutions are components of Raptor® Emergency Management, an integrated platform that allows schools to maintain real-time visibility during drills, active incidents, and reunification events. Schools can add Raptor Accountability to account for everyone in an emergency and Raptor Reunification to reunify students with approved guardians.
Seminole County Public Schools—named a model Florida district with Raptor—has been partnered with Raptor since 2016. “Raptor Alert, paired with Raptor Emergency Management, provides schools a complete solution that allows for customization, drill management, and reunification with parents,” said Captain Rick Francis, School Safety Director for Seminole County. “We are excited that Raptor was selected as a vendor by the State of Florida.”
Partner with a Trusted, Experienced Advocate
With Raptor, you will not be just another client. We will provide you with ongoing expertise and relentless innovation to help you better protect your students, staff, and buildings from any threat. Our trusted solutions combined with over 18 years of implementation and project management expertise means we can bring you an innovative, efficient, and streamlined onboarding experience—no matter how big or small your district is—so that you can comply by the August 1, 2021 deadline.
Raptor is a partner to 73% of Florida districts, totaling over 2,500 schools. Across the U.S., over 35,000 K-12 schools use Raptor, and we proudly maintain an annual client retention rate of 98%. Read more about how Raptor can help you comply with Alyssa’s Law here.