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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.
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:
Staff members can request help instantly using their wearable panic buttons.
Staff can connect immediately with 911 emergency responders.
Dependable technology eliminates dependence on Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity.
Administrators and staff can coordinate in real time with first responder agencies.
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 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.
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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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.
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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