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Washington School Safety Standards

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Washington School Safety Standards

Washington HB1064

OSPI administers the school safety grant program created by Washington House Bill 1064. This bill was introduced during the 2023 regular session and created funding to advance the safety and security of Washington school facilities. HB1064 provides funding for Washington school safety solutions that “make physical improvements intended to advance the safety or security of a school facility.” Examples include:

Metal detectors, key card access, and remote door access

School alert systems that feature panic buttons

Design and construction of security vestibules

Fencing and lighting 

Environmental design projects aimed at crime prevention

Washington School Safety Center

The Washington Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI) administers the School Safety Center. The Center’s mission is to provide resources for Washington districts and schools as they develop high-quality emergency operations and safety plans. These required plans ensure safety for Washington students, creating positive school climates and learning environments. Washington lawmakers are currently working toward legislation to support Washington school safety solutions

The School Safety Center provides support throughout the grant application process. It includes information about various state and federal grants available to Washington public schools, including those that support Washington school alert systems and other safety technologies.

The CENTEGIX Safety Platform™ is Foundational to School Safety Plans

The CENTEGIX Safety Platform is the foundation of a multilayered school safety plan. The Safety Platform includes technologies that, as HB1064 requires, “make physical improvements intended to advance the safety or security of a school facility.” The CENTEGIX Safety Platform school safety solution:

Acts as an innovative incident command system

Shortens response times by equipping staff with mobile panic alert buttons

Facilitates seamless and efficient lockdown procedures

Provides the foundation for an active shooter plan and emergency procedures

Streamlines and expedites the process of requesting help during medical emergencies

Disseminates missing student information in the event of student elopement

Supplies vital data needed for successful reunification plans

The CENTEGIX Safety Platform: Creating a Culture of Safety

The CENTEGIX Safety Platform includes all the tools needed to establish a safety ecosystem in Washington schools. The Platform’s features include:

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CrisisAlert

A school alerts sytem that features a wearable mobile panic button for rapid incident response

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Safety Blueprint

A dynamic digital mapping tool that locates safety assets and individuals during emergencies and streamlines response times

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Visitor Management

Enhanced Visitor Management features market-defining capabilities that allow schools to authenticate, manage, and locate visitors on campus

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Reunification

Cloud-based software that enables users to gain status visibility into all evacuated individuals and confidently reunite students with their approved guardians  

The following features of the Safety Platform make it an effective Washington school safety solution:

Its technology is reliable; no Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity is required.

It is easy for staff members to adopt; teachers need not download an app.

It facilitates immediate connection to diverse emergency service technologies.

It enables school staff to coordinate in real time with multiple first responder agencies, including county, local, and on-site responders.

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

Federal Funding for Washington 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 Washington, the Stronger Connections grants aim to facilitate academic success by providing students with inclusive, safe, and supportive learning opportunities and environments. Washington was awarded $15 million through this program.

Through the BSCA, state educational agencies (SEAs) must develop competitive state grant programs through which schools can create safer and healthier learning environments. The BSCA specifies that SEAs must award these funds competitively to high-need LEAs working to implement Washington school safety solutions, as determined by the state.

The Stronger Connections grant focuses on helping schools foster sustained learning, engagement, and attachment for students in Washington schools. The grant specifies that schools accomplish this by focusing on resilience, student mental health support, and improving school climate. 

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

  • Meet students’ social, emotional, and mental well-being needs by implementing evidence-based strategies. 
  • Create positive, inclusive, and supportive school environments.
  • Improve access to place-based interventions and services.
  • Collaborate with 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. 

Schools can spend Stronger Connections funding on expenses, including hiring counselors and nurses, implementing teacher training on inclusion and behavioral interventions, expanding mental health services, and other related efforts to create a positive and supportive climate in Washington 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, Washington ESSER has awarded $2,895,532,761 to the state.

For the first round of ESSER grants, Washington was allocated $216,892,447. The deadline to obligate those funds was September 30, 2022. 

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act was passed in 2020. As part of the act, Washington’s ESSER II allocation was $824,852,290, and it had to be obligated by September 30, 2023. 

An additional round of funding was made available as part of the American Rescue Plan. Washington’s portion of those ESSER funds is $1,853,788,024, and the obligation deadline is September 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 Washington 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.

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

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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

VP, Regional 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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