As the saying goes, communication is key. When you have open, accessible communication channels, you can share ideas, relay important information, and solve problems. This is especially true when it comes to your school or district’s emergency management procedures.
We all knew this year would present some new challenges, primarily due to the COVID pandemic. Many of us are still trying to figure out the best way to fulfill our daily obligations, whether delivering instruction, creating new operation plans, or delivering meals to students and families. However, this year has presented another severe challenge, emergency preparedness and response, that can’t be overlooked. According to EducationWeek, there have been 24 school shootings this year, 16 since August 1st.
Multiple different types of emergencies can necessitate you contacting your local law enforcement and emergency personnel. The faster you can get into contact, the better the response times will be. In this post, we will look at MySchool iD’s Direct Communication with Law Enforcement feature.
Commuicating Directly with Law Enforcement using MySchool iD
MySchool iD is both a digital school ID and emergency management platform. By using the mobile app, users can submit incidents and request help right to administrators. Administrators can then create a direct chat with users to gather more details and respond to ongoing incidents. These types of submissions are great for handling less severe occurrences and preventing them from escalating. Based on the feedback from our customers, we began working on a new tool that aligns with Alyssa’s Law and can help during active campus-wide emergencies. Beginning September 2021, our development team began working on a new feature for MySchool iD, direct communication with local law enforcement, also referred to as text-to-911.
Opening a line of communication with law enforcement will be easy. Admins only need to activate an emergency, and their information is sent automatically. In just seconds, you’ll have a new chat started to share essential information with emergency responders. During the emergency, you’ll have an active, real-time roster of users where you can see who has marked themselves safe and who has requested help. To see if your county has text-to-911 services available, view the FCC’s Consumer Guide.
*Preproduction rendering of the text-to-911 feature of MySchool iD.*
In response to recent tragedies of school violence, states across the country are adopting Alyssa’s Law. This law requires that all public schools in the state be equipped with a silent emergency alarm that can communicate directly with local law enforcement. MySchool iD will meet this requirement.
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