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SES using panic button to increase security

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

A new app that serves as a panic button is now being used in the Shelby Eastern Schools district.

The app, called Rave Panic Button, immediately reaches emergency and on-site personnel and is being used by teachers and administrators at SES.

“(The) teachers seem to be excited about it,” Technology Director Cody Stewart told the school board during its meeting Wednesday night.

The app serves as the latest effort by SES to increase security at its schools.

Over the past year, Shelby Eastern has hired school resource officers for both campuses, additional cameras and monitors, a visitor management system using Raptor Technologies as well as other additional procedures.

The latest addition can only be used on Shelby Eastern property. That means if the child of a teacher gets his or her hands on the parent’s phone, the panic button cannot go off accidentally.

Stewart showed the school board what the app looks like.

There are five emergency call buttons – shooter, fire, medical, police and 911 – which must be held for several seconds for it to be activated. The app provides its exact location to first responders and sends out a notification to the other phones in the building that sounds like an Amber Alert. The alert still goes out if the phone is set on silent.

Teresa Collier, a third grade teacher at Waldron Elementary who represents the Shelby Eastern Classroom Teachers Association at each school board meeting, was enthusiastic.

“We think it’s a great idea,” she told the board.

She added that administrators at the elementary are setting it up so that if there is an accident on the playground, a teacher can hit a button to get more help.

In other business, the school board elected new officers for the calendar year.

Jason Yantiss and Mark Nigh flipped duties as a result of the vote.

Yantiss, who served as the vice president last year, will serve as president. Nigh, who was president, will be vice president.

Emily Beal-Nelis will be secretary.