School's Out but Principals are Still Busy
School is out for the summer but that doesn’t mean school principals and administrators’ jobs are finished. On July 9, principals and school leaders came together in Philadelphia for the inaugural National Principals Conference. The organizing principle of this conference is to “build transition bridges and fully prepare students for success in school and beyond.” Since our inception Status Solutions has been committed to creating safe and secure school environments. Because of this commitment we were excited to attend this year’s conference and share our expertise and understanding of the importance of technological solutions to school safety and the importance of community involvement.
School safety and security weigh on the minds of K-12 principals and school leaders.
For over 16 years Status Solutions has helped schools manage risk. The President, Mike MacLeod, founded Status Solutions after the Columbine tragedy knowing schools would benefit from situational awareness technology. Realizing the increasing threats impacting schools’ safety, security and wellbeing, combined with their decreasing access to funds, Mike, felt compelled to use Status Solutions’ expertise to find a solution that would apply to all schools, regardless of their financial standing, thus, the School Solutions Network was born.
Situational awareness originally described a pilot’s operational status, but now is widely implemented as a risk management strategy. Knowing what is happening in or around the school or campus, allows for quick and appropriate action to be taken. The Situational Awareness and Response Assistant (SARA) integrates with a school’s existing systems (fire panel, access control, security system, etc.) and sends alerts to the appropriate individual(s) for immediate action. These integrated systems no longer operate in silos, but instead they are transformed into one powerful alerting platform. SARA streamlines processes with unified alerting, and also provides reports to evaluate response times and improve procedures.
School safety and security are not just the responsibilities of the principal, teachers, staff, parents, and students, but it is also essential to have the community involved.
At Status Solutions we believe community is an integral part of creating safe schools, and this is why we’ve established the School Solutions Network. The School Solutions Network is a social enterprise that collaborates with K-12 schools by leveraging Status Solutions’ innovative technology, awareness education, expert counsel and community resources. The School Solutions Network provides a direct line of communication between schools and communities – including local law enforcement, merchants and nonprofits – to utilize the resources and alleviate the needs of both groups. The School Solutions Network also offers ongoing education through interactive panels, programming and workshops to teach students, staff and communities how to proactively assess and address risk in order to identify and improve areas of weakness before a situation arises.