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Alabama School Safety Standards

CENTEGIX | Education

Alabama School Safety Standards

Alabama K-12 Capital Grant Program

Alabama legislators prioritized K-12 Alabama school safety solutions during the 2023 regular legislative session. The Alabama K-12 Capital Grant Program established $179 million as a source of funding for capital projects in schools across the state. Up to $5 million per grant, eligible projects included technology improvements and school safety enhancements. Federal funding is available for similar projects; several national programs provide the funds Alabama districts need to invest in new infrastructure, technology, equipment, and other Alabama school safety solutions.

The CENTEGIX Safety Platform™ Enables Rapid Incident Response

The CENTEGIX Safety Platform™ is the foundation for a layered safety plan in K-12 schools. In a crisis, every second matters, and CENTEGIX technology enables the fastest response to emergencies. Alabama schools can utilize the CENTEGIX Safety Platform to perform the following functions:

Centralize communications during incidents on campus.

 

Act as an incident command center during medical emergencies.

Aid in the creation of efficient and effective lockdown procedures.

Mitigate student elopement by disseminating information in real time. 

Facilitate the implementation of active shooter plans and emergency procedures.

Provide necessary data to create reunification plans.

Alabama schools and school districts can use state and federal funding allocations to integrate the CENTEGIX Safety Platform into their school safety plans.

The CENTEGIX Safety Platform™: Facilitating a Culture of Safety

CENTEGIX innovates technology to empower and protect school staff and students. The CENTEGIX Safety Platform is the foundation of a multilayered approach to school safety. The Safety Platform includes CrisisAlert, a mobile panic alert solution that is the fastest and easiest way to request help from anywhere on campus. CENTEGIX Safety Blueprint™ is a intelligent mapping tool that aids in safety planning and facilitates rapid incident response. CENTEGIX’s market-defining Enhanced Visitor Management allows real-time visitor locating. 

The design of every element in the CENTEGIX Safety Platform is grounded in CENTEGIX’s years of experience supporting school districts with incident response. In an emergency, time is the single most critical factor in incident response. Safety Platform’s features shorten response times in the following ways:

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Staff members can request help instantly using their wearable panic buttons.

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Staff can connect immediately with 911 emergency responders. 

Protect your people with CrisisAlert and Centegix

Dependable technology eliminates dependence on Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity.

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Administrators and staff can coordinate in real time with first responder agencies.

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School systems can seamlessly integrate with local public safety resources and initiate mobile public safety notifications.

Federal Funding for Alabama School Safety Solutions

Stronger Connections Grant

The U.S. Department of Education announced nearly $1 billion in awards through the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) in late 2022. 

The BSCA distributes grant funding to state educational agencies (SEAs), which then create state grant programs that fund efforts to make learning environments safer and more supportive for students. Under the BSCA, SEAs must award these funds competitively to high-need LEAs, as determined by the state.

The BCSA mandates that schools foster sustained learning, engagement, and attachment for students in Alabama schools. To do so, the Stronger Connections Grant Program aims to support schools and districts in becoming more resilient, supporting mental health, and improving school climate. Alabama schools received $14,723,204  through this program.

Stronger Connections Grant Program funds should be devoted to the following priorities, according to the Department of Education:

  • supporting students’ social and emotional well-being using evidence-based strategies
  • emphasizing positivity, inclusivity, and student support in school environments 
  • improving accessibility of place-based interventions and services
  • collaborating with the entire school community and other stakeholders to select and implement strategies to make school environments safer and more inclusive 
  • responding to the needs of underserved students
  • respecting the dignity and potential of students 

Initiatives that qualify for grant funding include hiring counselors and nurses, implementing teacher training on inclusion and behavioral interventions, increasing mental and behavioral services, and other efforts to create positive and supportive climates in Alabama schools.

ESSER Funds

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act aims to mitigate the effects of pandemic-related school shutdowns. Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds focus on addressing the pandemic’s impact on student mental health and safety. 

For the first round of ESSER grants, Alabama was allocated $216,947,540. The deadline to obligate those funds was Sept. 30, 2022. 

Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act in 2020. As part of the act, Alabama’s ESSER II allocation was $899,464,932, and its obligation deadline was Sept. 30, 2023. 

The American Rescue Plan made an additional round of funding available. Alabama’s portion of those ESSER funds is $2,021,518,529, with an obligation deadline of Sept. 30, 2024.

COPS School Violence Prevention Program

The U.S. Department of Justice administers the COPS School Violence Prevention Program. Evidence-based school safety programs and technology are eligible for funding under the program. COPS funds may be used to purchase school safety technology designed to identify potential dangers. Districts can also use funds to improve emergency notification and response systems. This includes Alabama school alert systems. To learn more, visit the COPS website.

BJA’s STOP School Violence Program

The U.S. Department of Justice sponsors a grant funding program administered through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The program focuses on recognizing, responding to, and preventing campus violence. BJA’s STOP School Violence Program funds K-12 schools to purchase software that helps maintain a safe environment. Learn more here.

How Are Your Resources Being Spent?

CENTEGIX protects over 11,500 schools across the country. We can protect your school, too.

The CENTEGIX Safety Platform™, featuring CrisisAlert™, accelerates your response to emergencies. We’ve built the CENTEGIX Safety Platform to support you in the single most critical factor of incident response: time. Because in an emergency, every second matters.

Discover federal resources to fund new safety and security initiatives in your district by exploring federal funding resources for school safety.

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The Impact of Safety on the Mental Health and Well-being of Staff and Students in K-12 Schools

When safety leads, success follows.

We’ve examined how physical, emotional, and mental health needs comes together to create the best possible outcomes for your district in our latest white paper. Access it today.
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Hear from Our Alabama Educators

We engage with teachers and staff every day to understand how CrisisAlert supports them, and here’s what they’ve shared:

As a school administrator for over 30 years and a superintendent for 8, I don’t know of a program that has brought me more peace of mind than the CrisisAlert system. We installed this program in all of our schools in the fall of 2023. Recently, while walking through a school, a young teacher stopped me and thanked me for having the system. She told me of a story where a student had a seizure in her class. She quickly utilized
the alert system and in less than a minute the administrative team and medical staff were at her door. Due to the quick response, the student was quickly stabilized and later made a full recovery at the hospital. As she relived this experience, she thanked me again for our district investing in this life saving system. I would never start a school year again without the CrisisAlert system.

Dr. Ed Nichols

Superintendent, Madison City Schools, AL

Two students were arguing with a teacher. The students would not stop their disrespectful behavior or raising their voices and demanding to a teacher. I did not feel okay leaving the teacher to get my phone, so I pressed the badge. I was calm and was confident someone would arrive within a minute.

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Madison City Schools, AL

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Discover the Safety Platform

Safety solutions that prioritize speed for the best outcome.

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A wearable mobile panic button quickly and discreetly initiates alerts.
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Mapping and locating capabilities provide the precise locationof emergencies, visitors, and safety assets.
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Audiovisual notifications notify everyone rapidly of a crisis.
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A visitor management system screens and locates visitors on your campus.
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Protocol development to plan for rapid incident response.
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A private, managed network provides campus-wide coverage.
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Integrations to your existing safety assets to extend their capabilities.

CENTEGIX CrisisAlert vs. Mobile Apps

CrisisAlert eliminates vulnerabilities related to app-only solutions and enables rapid incident response to all emergencies.

In an Emergency, You Need CrisisAlert™

Adverse situations can happen at any moment—from everyday crises such as medical emergencies, severe weather, and physical altercations to extreme situations that threaten your entire campus. The faster you get help to the right location, the better the outcome.

See how our CrisisAlert wearable mobile panic button empowers staff to get help instantly in an emergency. 

Ready to Connect with a CENTEGIX Specialist to Learn More?

Alysse Daniels, M.Ed.

Senior RVP, Strategic Accounts

Phone: 404-202-3813

Email: adaniels@centegix.com

Rob Kent

VP, Channel Manager

Phone: 678-323-9020

Email: rkent@centegix.com

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