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Kansas School Safety Standards

CENTEGIX | Education

Kansas School Safety Standards

Safe and Secure School Standards Bill

Kansas school alert systems are serious business because officials want to do everything possible to support and protect the state’s students, teachers, and staff members. In 2018, the state passed its Safe and Secure School Standards bill. It provided funds to make sure school buildings across the state are safe and secure. That included building secure doors, installing safety windows, and improving the structural integrity of buildings.

The bill also endorsed and funded the use of a variety of Kansas school safety solutions, including:

panic buttons

fire alarms

security cameras

integrated door locks

other intrusion detection systems

Along with the physical upgrades, administrators were advised to work with emergency management officials to review security options. Teachers and staff also needed to be trained in the proper use of any and all technology. 

As part of the focus on safety, districts are required to regularly maintain and test communication systems with law enforcement and other first responders, so there will be no disruptions if services are ever needed.

Crisis Plans

All schools in Kansas should have an up-to-date school safety and security plan. Emergency procedures, which are reviewed regularly, include plans to secure buildings during an emergency. Crisis plans also include evacuation routes and reunification sites.

Students are trained each year in how to deal with potential emergencies, and that training is tested during mandated drills to ensure the procedures are working effectively.

All crisis plans are reviewed by law enforcement officials and other emergency management agencies. Kansas school safety solutions must also be submitted to school boards for review and approval.

Legislative Action for Safety

The Kansas Legislature requires school officials to report all incidents of school violence to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. In addition, the Kansas Board of Education created a task force to: 

  • Assess school safety.
  • Develop preventive strategies.
  • Create a model policy for school districts to adopt.

The legislature also requires schools to conduct regular active shooter drills and train teachers and administrators on ways to prevent and respond to violence and threats of violence.

School-Based Prevention Strategies

Kansas school safety solutions include Second Step, a program designed to decrease violence and help students build social-emotional competence.

It’s an evidence-based approach that is taught by school staff to all grade levels. According to research, the program decreases the acceptability of violence and increases:

  • social-emotional competence
  • empathy
  • school and community connectedness
  • academic achievement

As part of the program, students’ attitudes are surveyed in the fall and again in the spring to determine if and how behaviors, perceptions, and attitudes about bullying and other issues have changed because of the training.

Grants and Funding for Kansas School Safety Solutions

The Kansas State Dept. of Education’s Safe and Secure Schools team maintains a website with a variety of safety-related funding opportunities:

Community-Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative

This program provides funding to prevent and reduce violent crime in communities by supporting comprehensive, evidence-based violence intervention and prevention programs.

Deadline: May 18, 2023

Learn more about this program here.

Fiscal Year 2023 Nonprofit Security Grant Program

This grant provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities for nonprofit organizations that are at a high risk of a terrorist attack.

Deadline: May 18, 2023

Learn more about this grant here.

Fiscal Year 2023 Homeland Security Grant Program

This program includes a variety of risk-based grants to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial efforts in preventing, protecting against, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from acts of terrorism and other threats.

Deadline: May 18, 2023

Learn more about this program here.

For more about these grant opportunities, please click here. You can also use the Grants Finder Tool’s various features to search for additional grants related to school safety. To learn more about how to meet Kansas school safety standards, connect with a CENTEGIX specialist today.

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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Customer Spotlight

Silver Lake Schools

Silver Lake, KS

After the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, last year, Silver Lake Schools’ Superintendent Brad Womack says he knew it was time to re-evaluate the district’s crisis response plans. Looking for a solution that would quickly alert first responders without impeding teachers trying to get their students to safety, he chose CENTEGIX’s CrisisAlert.

Olathe Public Schools

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Hear Dr. Jim McMullen speak about the impact the CrisisAlert badge had at Olathe Public Schools during the Fall 2022 semester at their January Board of Education meeting.

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Blue Valley School District implemented the CrisisAlert system, allowing teachers and administrators to call for help at the touch of a button. Learn more in our video.


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The Safety Platform™ Meets Grant-Funded Safety Measures

The CENTEGIX Safety Platform is an emergency incident response safety system that features wearable panic buttons, digital mapping software, and reunification and visitor management capabilities and generates accurate, usable data. The Safety Platform solution uses visual strobes, digital messages, and automated intercom announcements to inform everyone of a campus-wide incident and to instruct them on actions they should take. The Safety Platform meets the security infrastructure needs the Kansas school safety grants aim to address.

The Safety Platform features an analytics dashboard that assists administrators as they make safety and security decisions. A data set is generated when a staff member uses their wearable badge to request assistance. Administrators can better understand where and why and under what conditions. These administrative decisions, enabled by Platform data, contribute to the “positive and safe climate” that the safety grants aim to foster. 

The CENTEGIX school safety platform provides robust and uninterrupted communication between staff members, administrators, first responders, and students. Unlike other emergency incident response systems, the Safety Platform’s technology precludes adoption and connectivity challenges. It runs on a dedicated IoT network; it’s not susceptible to Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity interruptions. And because the CrisisAlert mobile panic button is worn along with an ID badge, 100% of staff members use it. This high adoption rate means that every staff member at every location on campus can request help when they need it. CrisisAlert generates accurate location data for every alert, no matter where on campus. Therefore first responders know exactly where to go during an emergency. In many instances, this kind of rapid response can prevent tragedy. 

These critical features of the CrisisAlert badge and Safety Blueprint from CENTEGIX ensure an immediate response: 

    Desktop takeover notifications for staff mean campus-wide alerts are never missed.

    Location accuracy enables rapid response.

    The system immediately connects the parties best prepared to handle the situation.

    Wi-Fi and phone outages have no effect on the system.

    Wearable security badges are easily accessible, lightweight, and wearable.

    CENTEGIX Safety Platform can help school districts and LEAs enact these measures, making students and staff safer. The Safety platform school safety solution helps create a climate of safety by enabling staff members to request help immediately, from anywhere on campus, in any type of emergency. Under these conditions, teachers can focus on student needs, and students can focus on learning. 

    CENTEGIX is the leader in incident response solutions. Our Safety Platform is the fastest and easiest way for staff to request help in any emergency, from the everyday to the extreme. CENTEGIX creates safer spaces by innovating technology to empower and protect people, and leaders nationwide trust our safety solutions to provide peace of mind. 

    Hear from Our Educators

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

    A student was having trouble breathing and her vision was beginning to black out. We don’t have service in our building and it can be difficult to get ahold of the office staff, so having something to immediately alert them of emergency was incredibly helpful in a very scary situation.

    Elementary school teacher

    Clayton County Schools, GA

    I had a student who was refusing to follow directions and became very defiant. This student was beginning to get aggressive. I used my badge to alert our campus security monitor to remove the student from the situation. It is a very useful tool when the response was as immediate as it was.

    High school teacher

    Clark County School District, NV

    A student was having a severe panic attack, trouble speaking, crying, not able to answer my questions as to what was wrong with her. I used the device to call for administrative help and it worked like it was designed to. Help arrived in a matter of seconds. I saw firsthand how well it works.

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    Palm Beach County Schools, FL

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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?

    Jim Frodsham

    Education Channel Manager

    Phone: 360-773-6477

    Email: jfrodsham@centegix.com

    Monica Leroy

    VP, Regional Sales

    Phone: 512-775-3991

    Email: mleroy@centegix.com

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