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New Mexico School Safety Standards

CENTEGIX | Education

New Mexico School Safety Standards

In the 2023 legislative session, state legislators focused on implementing New Mexico school safety solutions in 2023-24. Lawmakers have introduced several bills that allocate funding to New Mexico schools for safety and security improvements. The New Mexico Safe Schools program also guides districts in developing school safety plans and meeting legislative requirements. New state funding will allow New Mexico districts to invest in new infrastructure, technology, equipment, and other school safety solutions.

New Mexico SB131

SB 131 appropriates $25 million for public school safety and $75 million for public schools statewide for their local priorities. According to Albuquerque Public Schoolsa CENTEGIX customer—Senate Bill 131 makes several changes to the Public School Capital Outlay Act, effectively allowing public school districts to tap into this money for building projects. This includes installing safety equipment, altering infrastructure, and other school safety measures. New Mexico school alert systems can be paid for with these funds.

New Mexico Safe Schools Program

The New Mexico Public Education Department’s Safe Schools Program requires that all schools create and implement a “Safe Schools Plan.” These plans specify the policies, data collection, and safety measures that schools must maintain. Safe Schools Plans are divided into sections that include Prevention, Protection & Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. New Mexico school alert systems can ensure that schools meet the specific requirements of their Safe Schools Plans, which include:

    Incident command system

    Reunification plan and team

    Parent/guardian notification of emergency protocols

    Evacuation/relocation plan

    Medical emergency

    Active shooter plan and procedures

    Lockdown procedures

    Missing student Amber Alert

    Continuity of Operations Planning 

    In addition to threat assessments and behavior health interventions aimed at preventing emergencies, Safe Schools Plans require that schools prepare for emergencies of all kinds. New Mexico school safety solutions, including Silent Panic Alarm Technology (SPAT) and emergency mapping data software, ensure that schools have the technology to meet many of these standards. 

    How to Meet Safe Schools Requirements with the CENTEGIX Safety Platform™

    The CENTEGIX Safety Platform meets the requirements laid out in the New Mexico Public Education Department’s Safe Schools Program by:

    Introducing an innovative incident command system.

    Streamlining and expediting the process for requesting help during medical emergencies.

    Facilitating seamless and efficient lockdown procedures.

    Disseminates missing student information in the event of student elopement.

    Acting as a foundation for an active shooter plan and emergency procedures.

    Supplies vital data needed for successful reunification plans.

    New Mexico schools and school districts can use the money allocated to in the Public School Capital Outlay Act to integrate the CENTEGIX Safety Platform into their school safety plans.

    CENTEGIX Safety Platform™: Creating a Culture of Safety

    The CENTEGIX Safety Platform™ was designed to be the foundation for a safety ecosystem. CrisisAlert, with CENTEGIX Safety Blueprint™, our dynamic mapping tool, and our market-defining Visitor Management capabilities, improves communication with first responders and makes school buildings safer. The following features make it an effective New Mexico school safety solution:

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    Reliable technology

    No Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity is required.

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    Real-time coordination

    Real-time coordination among multiple first responder agencies, including county, local, and on-site responders.

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    Immediate connection

    Enables immediate connection to diverse emergency service technologies.

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    Local integrations

    Integration with local public safety answering points to transmit 911 calls and mobile activations.

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      100% staff adoption

      Teachers need not download an app.

      Federal Funding for New Mexico School Safety Solutions

      Stronger Connections Grant

      In late 2022, the U.S. Department of Education announced nearly $1 billion in awards through the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA). In New Mexico, the Stronger Connections grants aim to provide students with safe and supportive learning opportunities and environments critical for academic success. New Mexico was awarded $7,300,727 through this program.

      Through the BSCA, Congress awarded $1 billion in funding to state educational agencies (SEAs) to develop state grant programs to give students safer and healthier learning environments. The BSCA specifies that SEAs must award these funds competitively to high-need LEAs, as determined by the state.

      This grant focuses on helping schools foster sustained learning, engagement, and attachment for students in New Mexico schools. The Stronger Connections Grant Program mandates schools to accomplish this by becoming more resilient, supporting mental health, and improving school climate.

      According to the Department of Education, schools should spend Stronger Connections Grant Program funds to: 

      • Implement evidence-based strategies that meet students’ social, emotional, and mental well-being needs. 
      • Create positive, inclusive, and supportive school environments.
      • Increase access to place-based interventions and services.
      • Engage students, families, educators, staff, and community organizations in selecting and implementing strategies to create safe, inclusive, and supportive learning environments. 
      • Design and implement policies and practices responsive to underserved students, protecting student rights, and demonstrating respect for student dignity and potential. 

      Spending that qualifies for funding could include hiring counselors and nurses, providing teacher training on inclusion and behavioral interventions, expanding mental and behavioral services, and other related efforts to create a positive and supportive climate in New Mexico schools.

      ESSER Funds

      As part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds were made available to address the pandemic’s impact on student safety and mental well-being. As of June 30, 2022, New Mexico ESSER has awarded $1,371,212,711 to the state.

      For the first round of ESSER grants, New Mexico was allocated $97,717,307. The deadline to obligate those funds was Sept. 30, 2022. 

      The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act was passed in 2020. As part of the act, New Mexico’s ESSER II allocation was $392,344,774 and it had to be obligated by Sept. 30, 2023. 

      An additional round of funding was made available as part of the American Rescue Plan. New Mexico’s portion of those ESSER funds is $881,150,630 and the obligation deadline is Sept. 30, 2024. 

      COPS School Violence Prevention Program

      The U.S. Department of Justice oversees the COPS School Violence Prevention Program. This program earmarks funding for evidence-based school safety programs and technology. Schools can use COPS funds to purchase school safety technology that helps identify potential dangers. Districts can also use funds to improve emergency notification and response systems.This includes New Mexico school alert systems. To learn more, visit the COPS website

      BJA’s STOP School Violence Program

      The U.S. Department of Justice has also made funds available through the Bureau of Justice Assistance. BJA’s STOP School Violence Program funds the purchase of software that helps K-12 schools maintain a safe environment. This program is geared toward recognizing, responding to, and preventing violence on campus. Learn more here.

      Federal Grants

      The list of federal grants awarded to New Mexico for the 2023-24 school year includes:

      • GEER Fund – The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund allows for schools to apply for grants to fund “institutional support for activities related to personnel, payroll, security, environmental health and safety, and administrative offices.” Currently the Geer Fund allocates $32,110,531 to New Mexico.

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      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.
      Download your copy of The Impact of Safety on the Mental Health and Well-being of Staff and Students in K-12 Schools now 
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      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.

      Middle school teacher

      Palm Beach County Schools, FL

      Championing Safe Schools with Educators and Educator Associations

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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. 

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      Southwest Regional Sales VP

      Phone: 828-582-6722


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      Director, Regional Sales

      Phone: 602-330-4281

      Email: tbennett@centegix.com

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