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Many of the threats to school districts are events that can happen every day. Bullying, theft, vandalism, harassment and even liability can pose significant challenges for school administrators who want to help keep students and staff members safe. Technology can play a major role in addressing these threats and making campuses safer, but it is important to consider that the effectiveness of virtually any safety technology is reliant upon human factors.

11/10/2015

Many of the threats to school districts are events that can happen every day. Bullying, theft, vandalism, harassment and even liability can pose significant challenges for school administrators who want to help keep students and staff members safe. Technology can play a major role in addressing these threats and making campuses safer, but it is important to consider that the effectiveness of virtually any safety technology is reliant upon human factors.

This scanning ID software can replace ID swipe cards, PINs, barcodes and visual identification. It can be deployed anywhere in a school where students, teachers, staff or visitors need to be identified—such as a lunch line or at the front door. It can operate in a single location or provide identification to multiple workstations.

Reader Testimony: 

“identiMetrics has been a great addition to our food service operation. Before this program we used ID cards and required students to have the card to make purchases. identiMetrics has eliminated all the problems and issues that come with using a card system. We no longer are spending time on things like lost or stolen cards or students using the wrong account, and it has increased the convenience for staff and students.” — Jan Jager, food service director, Northview Public School, Mich.

Year: 
2014

This visitor management system for schools issues instant sex offender and custody alerts while tracking visitors, students, faculty and volunteers. Raptor electronically logs visitor data at check-in and prints visitor badges. Administrators can also customize an emergency panic button that signals specified school officials and first responders.

Reader Testimony: 

“Raptor allows the front office staff to discreetly scan a visitor’s driver’s license to determine whether or not there is a reason that it would be inappropriate for that person to enter our school building. This provides staff, parents and students with the sense of security that they so desperately need in the school setting.” — Julie McVearry, principal, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Md.

Year: 
2014

The Finger Scanning ID software can replace ID swipe cards, PINs, barcodes, and visual identification. It can be deployed anywhere in a school where students, teachers, staff, or visitors need to be identified—such as a lunch line or at the front door. It can operate in a single location or provide identification to multiple workstations.

Reader Testimony: 

“identiMetrics’ Finger Scanning ID system has decreased the amount of time needed by students to get through the registers at lunch ... Students are much happier to not have to bring an ID card every day and love the process of simply scanning their finger. Parents love the fact that they do not need to purchase replacement cards that are so frequently lost by students.”

—Leeanne Koeneman, food service director, Northwest Allen County Schools, Ind.

Year: 
2013

Ident-A-Kid’s Complete Campus Security System (CCSS) is a free, visitor-management program that signs in and prints name badges for all visitors, and documents the lengths and reasons for their visits. Tardy and early-dismissal students also can be recorded. Its new messaging system, ParentAlert, can notify parents of any emergency.

Year: 
2013
Newtown Public Schools Superintendent Janet Robinson gives a news briefing last January about Monroe’s Chalk Hill School, where the Sandy Hook Elementary School children are continuing their education this school year.

Last December, the small town of Newtown, Conn., was forever changed. The students, staff, parents, and community members of Newtown (Conn.) Public Schools were traumatized on Dec. 14, 2012, when lone gunman and former student Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In the months following the Sandy Hook massacre, schools nationwide stepped up efforts to provide safe environments for teachers and students, and many turned to high-tech solutions.

Located on the North Carolina border in eastern Tennessee, the rural Blount County school system has 20,000 students and four major high schools. The district is very socioeconomically diverse, and includes students living at the poverty level, some from wealthy households and many others in between. Tensions between these student populations can create a host of serious problems—including bullying, prescription drug abuse, and weapons possession.

NBC flew Kenneth S. Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services, to Connecticut the day after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings for a live interview on The Today Show. He provided a number of cable news interviews throughout the day. “Nothing was more powerful than seeing firsthand the shell-shocked faces of Newtown’s residents and the images of a picture-perfect American community that will be forever changed,” Trump said. The following are his thoughts for district administrators.

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