Florida Districts Select CENTEGIX to Meet New Requirements
- By Matt Jones
- June 08, 2021
As Florida schools take steps to meet the requirements of Alyssa’s Alert in time for the upcoming academic year, many are turning to the CENTEGIX CrisisAlert safety solution, which was recommended by the Florida Department of Education in February. Alyssa’s Law, named in honor of Parkland shooting victim Alyssa Alhadeff, requires Florida public and charter schools to have a panic system that can be activated via mobile device. According to a press release, CrisisAlert is the only badge-based system approved by the Department of Education, and it doesn’t require a pre-installed mobile application on a personal device.
Multiple districts throughout the state have already selected CrisisAlert as their safety solution of choice. “I wanted something that was easy to use, something that was an immediate notification to our 911 center, and has an audible and visual notification on our campus,” said Dave Vincent, police chief and school safety specialist for the Citrus County School District. “This is setting us to the high standard of not just being compliant with Alyssa’s Law, but getting the best solution for the Citrus County School District.”
Similarly, the Lee County School District also approved the installation of the CrisisAlert panic alarm system. “We looked for a system that was not app-based and would be able to work with minimal dependence on additional infrastructure,” said Dwayne Alton, Technology Operations Executive Director at Lee County Schools. “This is cleverly designed to use minimal infrastructure.”
CENTEGIX has received multiple awards and accolades for its innovation and product expansion, including:
“We are honored to be trusted by so many Florida school districts to not only ensure compliance with Alyssa’s Law, but to go far beyond the minimal protection afforded by mobile apps,” said Matthew Stevens, CENTEGIX CEO. “Our experience with districts across the country confirms that a wearable solution like CrisisAlert is the best option to protect students, teachers, and staff. It ensures equitable protection, empowers everyone to activate an alert, is easy to use, and communicates life-saving information to everyone in an instant during an emergency. We are humbled to play a part in honor of the legacy of Alyssa Alhadeff to continue to innovate market-leading technology, like our CrisisAlert platform, which has saved lives.”