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8-4-22 — Safety Initiatives for the 2022-23 School Year

Aug. 4, 2022 ~ As students and staff return to their buildings for the 2022-2023 school year, families and community members may be curious about various tools that are in place to ensure the safety and security of our students, staff and visitors.

One of the new tools that the district is implementing is CrisisAlert, a safety solution by CENTEGIX, a company that creates safer spaces by innovating to empower and protect people. The CrisisAlert platform is an incident alerting solution that empowers teachers and staff to call for help with the push of a button on a badge they will wear in addition to their ID badge they wear daily. This simple push of a button provides school/district administration, school resource officers, and other first responders with precise location information of the impacted staff member, enabling them to respond quickly in any situation.

“We know that building trusted relationships with our students is the best way for our educators to create a safe space for students to learn,” Dr. Brent Yeager, superintendent, said. “However, we also recognize that emergency situations can occur at any moment, and it is best to have resources in place to support our students and staff in times of crisis. Our goal is to give our educators peace of mind that they can call for help at anytime, anywhere on school grounds, and they will be heard.”

With the CrisisAlert badge, staff members will be able to alert administration for everyday student and staff events such as medical emergencies or in a crisis situation, staff would be able to initiate campus-wide lockdowns at the touch of a button. 
Read more information on the implementation of CrisisAlert for all staff members.

This tool is in addition to the variety of procedures, programs and systems that are already in place in Olathe Public Schools. This includes crisis management procedures, MY EOP app for staff, Raptor visitor management, access control systems, cameras, building radios, school resource officers, monthly collaboration with the Olathe police department, ALICE protocols, anonymous tip lines, dedicated Safety Services department as well as positive relationships between our students and staff. Learn more about these tools and more.

At Olathe Public Schools, our top priority is to ensure the safety and security of students, staff and visitors. This multi-layered and comprehensive approach to safety is essential in ensuring a safe and orderly learning environment. The district is constantly reviewing its policies and procedures to make sure we are meeting the needs of our students and staff to ensure a safe and secure learning environment.

Questions about any of our safety protocols? Please feel free to reach out to our Safety Services department at 913-780-8052.