Placerville School District takes a Holistic approach to Campus Safety

by Placerville Newswire / Nov 21, 2017 / comments


Two schools take a holistic approach to campus safety with a uniquely integrated communications solutions from Avaya and Valcom.

A keen focus on safety has led two schools on opposite sides of the county to develop best practices supported by an integrated, multi-faceted communications solution from Avaya and Valcom, an Avaya DevConnect technology partner. Placerville Union School District in Northern California and Gottesman RTW Academy in N.J. may be miles apart, but share a similar approach to making their Smart Schools safer and smarter, speeding response times and improving outcomes should a crisis occurs.

Placerville Union School District has two elementary schools and one middle school, with about 150 staff members between them. The district was compelled to streamline the emergency response process, realizing that doing so meant technology had to play a vital role. With Avaya and Valcom, staff across the district can:

- Flip a switch under any office desk to trigger alert announcements and automated calls to emergency personnel;

- Activate the lockdown bell from any classroom phone, and in an emergency, play an automated message from the superintendent;

- Know when a 9-1-1 call is placed anywhere in the district via an automated digital message displayed on an LED sign in every office.

In N.J., at a smaller institution but one no less focused on campus safety, Gottesman RTW Academy looked to streamline its entire communications system with the construction of a new facility. Like the Placerville Union School District, Gottesman integrated its Avaya IP Office Platform with Valcom's Emergency Mass Communications and Live Paging System. The combined solution delivers efficiency, reduces resource needs and increases communication among students and staff at the school and with the larger community. The system is capable of reaching 100 percent of the school population with emergency notifications made from any classroom or office.



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