Texas School Leaders Look For Solutions to Ensure Student & Teacher Safety
It’s clear that Texas school safety is a top priority for both state and local leaders. From extensive updates to security standards to newly released funding, Texas leaders are sending the message that they are committed to supporting schools statewide with the resources they need to keep students and staff safe.
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During the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) Fall Conference, we had the opportunity to talk to many school business and operational leaders about their most pressing concerns surrounding security planning, oversight and execution. Over and over again, we heard the same sentiments – you are juggling wide-ranging responsibilities with often-changing expectations, and you need resources to more effectively prioritize and manage safety and security operations on your campuses. We agree that a comprehensive approach like this – one that views all security operations as a whole and applies solutions that work better together– is the key to transforming school safety, and a trusted partner can help you accomplish it.
Keeping students, teachers and staff safe is complex, and it requires more than point solutions. Easily accessible oversight, effective prioritization of needs and seamless communication between solutions and stakeholders are all crucial to improving school security. Creating procedures that ensure physical security will enable your school community to not only stay safe, but to be able to devote themselves fully to thriving mentally, emotionally and academically.
Effective Safety & Security Solutions Work Better Together for Texas School Safety
Building an environment where kids can learn and teachers can teach without needing to worry about their safety requires a comprehensive set of solutions that support one another. Whether your top concern is conducting door safety audits, identifying which security needs to address immediately or improving cross-functional communication, we know these efforts are complex. The path to ensuring that all students and staff feel a sense of safety on your campus involves a holistic approach that prioritizes effective solutions that seamlessly integrate to keep your campus safe.
Whatever your top concern is, we are here to support you, your students and your staff.
“I’m prioritizing the physical security of my buildings because I know that lax security leads to vulnerability.”
Thorough physical security measures are the foundation of school safety. Our safety & security solutions can help you do everything from understanding the vulnerabilities of your campus to equipping your staff with silent mobile panic buttons and managing emergency response.
Safety & Security Suite: Operating as a single visitor, volunteer, panic button and emergency management solution set, our Safety & Security Suite integrates Emergency Management Suite and Visitor & Volunteer Management to ensure real-time, whole-campus oversight and accountability and improve communication pathways. The suite provides a variety of features, including Alyssa’s Law-compliant silent panic alarms, robust safety checks and guidance to ensure Department of Education (DOE) compliance.
Site Mapping: Navigate360’s site mapping service provides EMS customers with an interactive map for first responders and staff with 360° views of every room in the structure. Enable first responders to get where help is needed first with speed and efficiency. Site mapping is designed for leaders who plan for the worst-case scenario while laying the foundation for a culture of safety and preparedness.
“It feels that every aspect of our emergency planning and response needs to be addressed at once. I need help prioritizing top concerns and linking them to solutions and funding.”
School safety and security is complex, and not every precaution can be implemented simultaneously. It’s important that you have a plan to decide what needs to be done now and what can wait. From identifying necessary facility upgrades, such as doors and windows, to recognizing needed enhancements to communication systems, risk assessment is critical to the successful integration of effective security solutions.
“A lot of our initial overview uncovered that safety planning was very siloed with little cross communication. We need solutions that work better together.”
Managing school safety and security is a monumental task that requires cooperation and collaboration across departments. The process can easily become segmented, leading to both overlapping efforts and gaps in planning. It’s critical that all safety functions within a school and district have clear lines of communication and solutions that support one another to provide a continuum of care. Many of our solutions are built to integrate with one another to simplify safety procedures.
Emergency Management Suite: Nothing is more important than keeping students and staff safe during drills and on-campus incidents through reunification and recovery. This comprehensive platform will enable the following:
- Compliance & preparation before an emergency with know-on-the-go access to critical information
- Response & accountability during an emergency, including the option of 911Cellular’s Alyssa’s Law-compliant silent panic alert
- Student Information System integration
- Conduct your summer partial audit & door lock sweeps
Behavioral Threat Assessment Training: Establishing and maintaining an effective multidisciplinary team requires a commitment from both team members and the school community. Training provides the support your threat assessment team needs to successfully fulfill that commitment. Through training, teams will be equipped to identify students and situations that raise concern, gather information to assess the risk of violence and develop intervention and management strategies to support students and prevent violence.
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Behavioral Threat & Suicide Case Management: This single solution will provide your school’s mental health professionals and BTA team members with evidence-based case management software that allows for continuum of care documentation and analytics reporting to proactively improve outcomes for students of concern.
P3 Anonymous Tip Reporting. Offering full integration with Behavioral Threat & Suicide Case Manager, P3 serves as a forum for collaboration and accountability between school administrators, peace officers and mental health professionals to ensure every student’s needs are met. Our technology also powers well-known national and state-level tip lines such as Sandy Hook Promise’s Say Something program and Safe2Tell Colorado. As the leading anonymous reporting tool, our software empowers students, teachers and individuals to proactively share information about safety, bullying, self-harm and violence.
Detect: Combining both web filtering and digital scanning, Detect is the most comprehensive, all-encompassing digital safety solution available. This software helps identify and address a student’s intent to harm themselves or others by scanning digital content in real time and notifying school administrators of harm language found in school-owned email and public social media. It also utilizes a web indexing database of 3 billion URLs to protect students from potentially harmful content.
Navigate360 Has the Solutions to Address Texas School Safety & Security Concerns
We know it takes more than a single solution to take care of the whole child and the schools and community that surround them, which is why we believe in solutions that work better together. From prevention all the way through response and recovery, we can provide end-to-end solutions that keep your students, teachers and staff safe.
Building a comprehensive safety plan can be a daunting task, but we are here to help. Speak with one of our safety specialists today to learn how you can maximize your safety grants and state funding and build a holistic ecosystem of whole-child safety this year.