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How to Quickly Respond to the Most Common School Incidents

Schools have the utmost responsibility to keep students safe. There is a large emphasis on being prepared for wide-scale crises, and although that is a critical and necessary component to emergency management, schools need to also be prepared for everyday incidents. It’s these everyday situations—like an irate visitor or a student displaying symptoms of COVID-19—that effect students and staff the most.   Most Common Incidents Everyday incidents are much more

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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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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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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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New Partnership with CRG Expedites Coordination and Communication of School Personnel with First Responders During an Emergency

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Critical Response Group Inc. (CRG) to advance communications between schools and first responders. The partnership elevates our aligned missions: to protect every child, every school, every day and to enable first responders to make better decisions faster with the ultimate goal of saving lives, respectively. Toms

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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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Top 100 School District School Safety Software Implementation

How Broward County Public Schools Quickly
& Successfully Implemented a Safety Solution
During COVID-19

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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“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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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 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

This post originally appeared on Safe and Sound Schools and was written by Dan Trepanier. To view the original post, click here. Everyone wants the schools in their community to be safe. We can all agree on this. Yet, safety is often taken for granted. For decades, schools were considered a safe haven where caring

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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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