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When we launched MySchool iD™(MSID) earlier this year, we did it to help school districts of all sizes access affordable school IDs and emergency management. Two of the cornerstone features of MSID are the silent emergency and non-emergency alarms.
Silent Emergency Alarms Legislature – Alyssa’s Law
Around the country, school districts are taking action to minimize threats and improve their response to school emergencies. One way these issues are being addressed is with Alyssa’s Law. Following the tragic events of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Alyssa’s Law was introduced to require all public schools to implement a silent emergency alarm that can connect schools directly to local law enforcement.
States that have passed Alyssa’s Law include Florida and News Jersey. However, Texas, Arizona, Nebraska, and New York have all introduced legislation. There have been numerous proposals on the federal level as well. Source
What is a silent emergency alarm?
A silent emergency alarm, also often referred to as a silent panic button, is a tool to notify your administrators and staff members of an active emergency on your campus. The alarm can come in different forms, from a physical button hidden on ID cards to apps used on mobile devices. Alarms that comply with Alyssa’s Law must directly connect to your local law enforcement agency to communicate the emergency.
Silent emergency alarms with MySchool iD
MySchool iD is both a school ID and emergency management platform, equipped with silent emergency alarms. To activate an emergency with MSID, you need to be an admin-level user for your school or district. Activating an emergency is easy and straightforward to do. When you log in to the MSID managing portal, you’ll see a big red button labeled “Activate Emergency.” Select the appropriate recipients of the alarm, create your emergency message and send.
Users selected to receive the emergency alerts will receive them to their email and directly to the MSID app. Your team can then take the necessary steps to address the emergency.
Messages can be sent to staff as well as students. Inform students on steps to take and to mark themselves safe or report if they need help.
Direct 911 Communication with MySchool iD
In our upcoming feature release, schools will be able to connect directly with their local law enforcement agencies, making MySchool iD compliant with Alyssa’s Law. With 911 direct communication, schools will communicate directly with their local law enforcement agencies to coordinate responses and eliminate threats.
Emergency help requests in MySchool iD
Users can request help for emergency incidents through the MSID app. These alerts will be sent to your school’s MSID manager portal for all admin users to review. For example, a student can report that there’s a fight happening from their phone. The help message is immediately in the MSID manager portal.
Two-way communication for help requests in MySchool iD
Recently released, admins can communicate directly with users who request emergency help through the MySchool iD app. This new feature will allow school administrators to gather important information faster and respond to the request. To begin a new message thread, click on the help request in your MSID manager portal.
Administrators can log what actions are taken, who has taken them, and update the status of the incident. These reported incidents will be logged for future auditing needs.