As a result of the School Safety Act of 2015, K-12 schools have panic button technology.
In Arkansas, state legislators displayed an emergency alert button during a news conference. The technology will be installed at more than 1,000 public schools across the state this year. The intent is to provide improved security measures through what the manufacturer, Framingham Masachussetts based Rave Mobile Safety calls a “simple five-button interface.”
“Having the ability to instantaneously connect teachers and school administrators with 9-1-1 and other emergency personnel will give us, and Arkansas parents, a much greater sense of confidence as we begin a new school year,” state Education Commissioner Johnny Key said in a statement.
The button is integrated with Smart911, the existing 9-1-1 service. Teachers and staff can receive quick notifications about emergencies or an active shooter on school ground. They cay contact first responders directly with the panic button.