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Schools should be safe places for young people to learn and grow, and the vast majority of them are. However, violent events across the nation make it clear that Wisconsin school alert systems are necessary precautions to protect students and staff in the event of a worst-case scenario.

The Wisconsin Office of School Safety was established in 2017 as part of the state’s Department of Justice. At the same time, the state allocated $100 million for Wisconsin school safety solutions at 1,306 campuses. Since 2018, the money has provided:

  • training for more than 11,000 educators
  • training staff in trauma-informed care and Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • providing new security systems and security cameras
  • rebuilding school building entrances
  • Establishing the Speak Up, Speak Out Resource Center, a confidential threat-reporting tip line

It was a strong start, but school safety cannot be treated as a “one-and-done” proposition. It needs to be a committed approach to finding and installing effective strategies. In 2021, the DOJ provided another $92 million for safety enhancements, threat assessment training, and mental health training for Wisconsin’s public, private, charter, and tribal schools.


School safety requires a multi-pronged approach that addresses the issue in a variety of ways. Wisconsin’s Comprehensive School Security Framework was designed to help local school systems “prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from violence.”

It offers a range of Wisconsin school safety solutions designed to deal with violence through:

  • climate and culture
  • students engagement
  • school policies
  • physical structures

School violence might be a nationwide problem, but when it happens at a school, it’s a local problem. That makes it a local responsibility for:

  • school boards or governing councils
  • school administrators
  • staff
  • teachers
  • students

The Speak Up, Speak Out Resource Center provides a way for students, teachers, and others to report suspicious behavior to a confidential tip line. In a crisis situation, call 911. However, concerns can be reported by calling 1-800-697-8761 or visiting

Speak Up, Speak Out training and promotional packets are available. They include age-appropriate lessons for elementary, middle, and high school students. To learn more, click here.


Wisconsin school safety solutions include a variety of training programs:

  • Foundations of Targeted Violence Prevention
  • Best Practice Recommendations for School Behavior Assessment and Management Teams
  • Comprehensive School Safety: Standard Response Protocol and Standard Reunification Method
  • Critical Incident Response Training
  • Behavioral Threat Assessments and Management Training 

The Wisconsin School Threat Assessment is a three-phase plan to deal with potentially violent situations in systematic ways. It’s geared toward protecting the innocent while also giving troubled young people the help, guidance, and treatment they might need.

Each school must have an emergency operations plan to protect people and property. Schools need to make sure the plan is up-to-date, and leaders should develop and maintain good working relationships with local law enforcement and first responders.

In addition, training and communication are key to emergency preparedness:


Building security is important to preventing violence. The first line of defense is visitor management. Access should be restricted to a single point of entry, and staff members should make sure appropriate doors are locked throughout the day.

As part of a building audit, each school should perform:

  • interior assessments—classrooms, halls, offices, utility areas, gymnasiums, and other locations
  • exterior assessments—playgrounds, athletic facilities or fields, and any property that is regularly occupied by pupils

Violence drills are another necessity of the modern age. Lockdown, lockout, and other procedures should be practiced so students have a clear understanding of how they should respond in the face of a crisis.  

Wisconsin school safety solutions require that school officials take time to assess how each drill went and consider ways to improve performance.

After a crisis, school officials are responsible for reuniting students with their parents or guardians. This applies to violent situations as well as fires, floods, tornadoes, bomb threats, and others.


Wisconsin recognizes the potential threat and is taking action to prevent, mitigate, and respond to violence. School safety is an ongoing process that requires a commitment from the entire community to find and implement proven solutions.


The Wisconsin DOJ has grants available to help schools increase safety for students and school personnel:

  • Applications will be accepted for the digital mapping of school buildings until June 30, 2024. It’s open to K-12 schools, and funds “must be used for site-specific critical incident mapping data to enhance security and increase situational awareness for first responders.”
  • Applications for School Safety Initiative—Critical Incident Stabilization Funds must be submitted through Egrants. A total of $2 million is available to assist “support staff and students who experience unusually traumatic school-related events.”

For grant guides, FAQs, and other resources, click here.


Demonstrating Success in Education

CENTEGIX believes that school should be a place where students can learn and grow safely and with a sense of well-being. As the leader in discreet, wearable panic buttons, CENTEGIX contributes to school safety by providing instantaneous communication with first responders in the event of any threat to the health and safety of students and educators.

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CENTEGIX protects over 4,000 schools across the country.

We can protect your school, too. CENTEGIX’s CrisisAlert™ platform is an incident response solution that protects students and staff members by empowering teachers and staff to call for help with a simple push of a button. The solution provides first responders with the most accurate location information, enabling them to respond faster in any situation.

Discover additional federal resources to fund new safety and security initiatives in your district with our funding guide.

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"I witnessed a custodian slipping and falling in the front lobby, and she was needing immediate help to stop bleeding. I was able to hit the button and get the nurse's attention immediately. We did not have to use the ambulance because of the quick response. Your system is perfect for schools! Thanks!"

Private school teacher, Sarasota County, FL

"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

"A child with special was writhing and screaming on the floor of the lunch room. I pushed the button and immediately the team was coming in the door. 10/10 would recommend because CrisisAlert worked for me in that crisis situation."

Elementary school teacher, Jay School Corp.

"A student was bothering another student and would not stop after several verbal warnings and attempt to separate the student from his target, and without any luck I triggered the alarm to come assist me with the situation. It has been very comforting to just push a button and help is on the way."

Middle school teacher, Coweta County Schools

"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 and the resolution was satisfactory. Students understood the urgency in the situation."

High school teacher, Clark County School District

"I was outside with my physical education class and I had a student become upset at another student in their group. They made a poor choice and then feared that they would get in trouble for that choice....when I could not get this student to [re]enter the building, I knew I needed to push my badge so administrators could find us and help me get him calm and into the building. It was great to know that the administrators would know I needed help and would be able to see our location since it was outside of the building in a random spot. As a PE teacher the badge gives me a sense of security that I can receive help with altercations or injuries quickly. In the past you had to send students running for help...this is a much better system!"

PE teacher, South Adams Schools

"A student was having a meltdown and jeopardizing the safety of himself and others. Instead of having to go to the wall phone and dial a number or call from my personal phone, the office was quickly alerted and called ME to find out what type of assistance I needed. I've only used it once, but I'm secure in the fact that it works so fast and response time in shortened."

Elementary school teacher, Cobb County Schools

"I had a student have a seizure in my classroom. I have used this several times, and the admins come check on me promptly."

High school teacher, Jay School Corp.

"I had a student who was inconsolable and crying very, very loudly. She was unable to regain composure and was disrupting the class and the classrooms around us. I believe that every teacher in every classroom should have access to this tool. It is a gamechanger for teachers."

Elementary school teacher, Olathe Public Schools

"2 students came into my classroom, ready to fight each other and without the centigix badge things would have escalated. It was quick and easy to use to resolve the conflict."

Middle school teacher, Douglas County Schools

CrisisAlert™ Provides Grant-Funded Safety Measures

CENTEGIX CrisisAlert is an emergency incident response system that features wearable panic buttons which generate accurate, usable data. The CrisisAlert school safety 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. CrisisAlert meets the security infrastructure needs the Wisconsin school safety grants aim to address.

CrisisAlert 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 call for assistance. Administrators can better understand where and why, and under what conditions. These administrative decisions, enabled by CrisisAlert data, contribute to the “positive and safe climate” that the safety grants aim to foster. 

The CrisisAlert school safety solution provides robust and uninterrupted communication between staff members, administrators, first responders, and students. Unlike other emergency incident response systems, CrisisAlert’s technology precludes adoption and connectivity challenges. CrisisAlert 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 call for 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 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.
    • Wifi and phone outages have no effect on the system.
    • Wearable security badges are easily accessible, lightweight, and wearable. 

CENTEGIX CrisisAlert can help school districts and LEAs enact these measures, making students and staff safer. The CrisisAlert school safety solution helps create a climate of safety by enabling staff members to call for help instantly, 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 CrisisAlert platform is the fastest and easiest way for staff to call for 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. To learn more about CENTEGIX, visit



Wearable badge with a single button enables confident human action. Users are not required to download an app.


With the simple push of a button, alerts instantly reach administrators and responders.


Our network secures every square foot of your property – there are no dead zones. Badges function everywhere.


Facility-wide alerts communicate emergency information using colored strobe lights, desktop alerts, and intercom integration.


Our innovative technology determines the location of the alert, down to an individual room.


Solutions installed with no alterations to physical structures or electrical wiring are required.

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