New Requirements for WA state School Safety Drills

This Bulletin NO. 057-13 was issued by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and can be found on their website here or a PDF copy can be obtained here.  The Bulletin is as follows: This bulletin provides information about changes that affect the requirements for emergency drills in schools.  These changes take effect immediatelyContinue Reading

Grant Money Appropriated To Help Schools Implement Emergency Systems

The Washington Office  of Superintendent of Public Instruction released this Memo dated September 24, 2013: NEW CAPITAL GRANT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY The 2013 Legislature appropriated $10 million for a competitive grant program. Using evolving technology to expedite the response and arrival of law enforcement, the grant will assist school districts to implement emergency systems. See SBContinue Reading

Nisqually Valley News

Rainier School District the first in the nation to implement breaking new technology By Michael Wagar The unthinkable is unfolding at Rainier High School. A masked man, dressed in black carrying guns and shoulder bags, has just barged into the back of the old gymnasium. As he makes his way toward the high school, aContinue Reading

KOMO News with Video

One of the smallest school districts in Washington becomes the first in the nation to test a new app designed to notify a community immediately when a school lockdown is needed, and act to secure the building. The Rainier School District in Thurston County has an elementary school, a middle school and one high school.Continue Reading

Featured in The Olympian

Rainier schools boost emergency-readiness By Lisa Pemberton — Staff writer Traditionally, it can take 30 to 90 seconds to get an entire school locked down during an emergency, said Rainier School District superintendent Tim Garchow. But that time has been cut down to about five seconds at Rainier Middle School. It was the first in theContinue Reading

Linda Thomas – My Northwest

Washington schools are first to test school lockdown app One of the smallest school districts in Washington becomes the first in the nation to test a new app designed to notify a community immediately when a school lockdown is needed, and act to secure the building. The Rainier School District in Thurston County has anContinue Reading

News Release

Local development firm working in collaboration with schools, law enforcement and 911 dispatch to create the Nation’s most comprehensive school lockdown system By Helix Group, LLC. , Tumwater, WA August 21, 2013 School ALERT (Active Lockdown & Emergency Response Technology) During an emergency every second counts.  That is the premise behind School ALERT (Active Lockdown andContinue Reading