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Oregon School Safety Standards

CENTEGIX | Education

Oregon School Safety Standards

Silent Panic Alarms in Oregon: HB 5014

As part of the new Oregon budget, HB 5014 appropriates money from the General Fund to the Department of Education for certain biennial expenses. Package 801 makes four budgetary changes within the appropriations. One of these changes sets aside a one-time $2,500,000 General Fund increase appropriated for a grant program to support school districts that install electronic panic alert systems.

The Department may award one-time grants to school districts of up to $2,000 per school building to assist with purchase and installation costs. From the $2.5 million General Fund appropriation, the Department may spend up to $350,000 for integration with the 911 emergency system.

What is SPAT?

Silent Panic Alarm Technology (SPAT) is an alert system that can be triggered discreetly, such as a wearable alarm button. Oregon has the opportunity to help lead the way in school safety by mandating schools have the tools they need to keep students safe without disrupting the learning environment. 

    Empowers teachers and staff

    Utilizes existing ODE grants

    Speeds up emergency response

    Saves the lives of Oregonians

    Achieving SPAT Compliance with CrisisAlert™

    CrisisAlert technology is designed to improve communication with first responders, empower staff members to request assistance, and make school buildings more secure. CENTEGIX CrisisAlert decreases emergency response times, saving lives and creating a culture of safety in schools.

      No Wi-Fi or cell data required to initiate an alert

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

      Easy adoption—no need for teachers to download an app

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

      Connections to diverse emergency services technologies

      Exceeds the ODE program requirements for school safety grants

      Funding for Oregon School Safety Solutions

      Stronger Connections Grants

      In late 2022, the U.S. Department of Education announced nearly $1 billion in awards through the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA). In Oregon, the Stronger Connections grants aim to provide students with safe and supportive learning opportunities and environments critical for academic success. Oregon was awarded $8,265,004 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 Oregon schools. The Stronger Connections Grant Program mandates that schools should 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 Oregon 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, Oregon has spent 26% of the funds awarded to the state.

      For the first round of ESSER grants, Oregon was allocated $121,099,019. 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, Oregon’s ESSER II allocation was $499,153,891, and it must be obligated by Sept. 30, 2023. 

      An additional round of funding was made available as part of the American Rescue Plan. Oregon’s portion of those ESSER funds is $1,121,814,984, 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. The money is earmarked for evidence-based school safety programs and technology.

      Schools can use those funds to purchase school safety technology that helps identify potential dangers. The money can also be used to improve emergency notification and response systems. To learn more, visit the COPS website.

      BJA’s STOP School Violence Program

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

      Federal Grants

      The list of federal grants awarded to Oregon for the 2022-23 school year includes:

      • IDEA ARP: $28,167,599
      • IDEA: $182,357,509
      • Title I: $292,711,326
      • Title IV-A: $9,552,876

      CENTEGIX Safety Report

      2024 School Safety Trends: Saving Seconds Saves Lives

      Discover our latest, comprehensive analysis of school safety incidents gathered from the CENTEGIX Safety Platform™ usage data for the 2023-2024 school year in our report 2024 School Safety Trends: Saving Seconds Saves Lives.

      See what else our safety report reveals regarding safety in the classroom, state safety legislation, and critical components of school safety solutions. Download your copy 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.

      CENTEGIX | Guide

      Silent Panic Alarms in Oregon

      No matter how big or small, in an emergency, every second matters. Oregon has the opportunity to help lead the way in school safety by mandating schools have the tools they need to keep students safe without disrupting the learning environment. CrisisAlert is built to ensure immediate contact with first responders and school officials in any situation.

      Download our guide to learn more about silent panic alarms in Oregon and how you can access funding for CENTEGIX’s CrisisAlert wearable emergency response solution →

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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

      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 Oregon 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 an emergency, from the everyday to the extreme. CENTEGIX innovates technology to empower and protect people, and leaders nationwide trust our safety solutions to provide peace of mind. 

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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?

        Laura Battle

        RVP of Sales

        Phone: 831-247-1471

        Email: lbattle@centegix.com

        Ken Nunes

        Regional Director

        Phone: 916-882-7772

        Email: knunes@centegix.com

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