When You Know You Need a Safety Platform

April 25, 2018
Safety Insight

Have you heard this complaint from your staff recently? We keep reinventing the wheel — our teachers hardly have time to teach anymore!


District administrators understand the frustration of trying to improve school safety using new programs, only to fall short and lose the confidence of staff. It is part of the risk-reward cycle, but now there’s a better way to use technology to make school safer for your students and staff — the safety platform.


In the past, administrators and staff had to rely on stand-alone software programs to fulfill everyday educational needs. Grades, attendance, health records, discipline, etc., each had their own system, with a unique interface and yearly updates. New technology offers schools the ability to manage most, if not all, of these areas from a single, user-friendly interface.


Today, almost every school district in America has one of these student information systems. These systems have all the modules that were available previously and offer a single interface to access the software. In the near future, the cost of maintaining, training, and integrating separate systems will make the ownership of multiple products unaffordable or unmanageable for many schools. With a single student information system, staff are more comfortable with using all available programs, because the interface provides a familiar foundation. The safety platform does the exact same thing — except for school safety.


So why should your district invest in a safety platform? A lot of school districts are still using multiple software programs to address all of their safety needs. This means that administrators and staff have to learn a different program in order to send emergency alerts, communicate during a crisis, report bullying, report tips, report and handle incidents, manage emergency plans, arrange for reunification, and more.


When provided with a single interface and database, administrators and staff are able to extract the highest value from the investment, not only in the first year, but for every year after that. Think about it this way: The average pay for teachers with benefits in the U.S. is $46 per hour. Every year, your teachers will need at least one hour of training per software program. For 200 teachers, you will wind up spending a total of $9,200 to train them in just one software program. Now imagine if you have 3-4 different software programs that require at least one hour of training each per year. Not to mention, the hours your teachers spend learning new technology instead of teaching their students quickly add up. A safety platform is simply a better use of your district’s time and resources.


A safety platform also allows your district the opportunity to collect and analyze safety data in more meaningful ways. Safety data is a mix of daily incidents, bully reporting, tips, serious incidents, and emergencies. If you are using individual software programs, there’s no easy way to compare this data and learn valuable safety insights. A platform system, on the other hand, will collect, store, and analyze all your data together to give you the big-picture view of your safety measures.


Safety is never done, so one of the most important safety tasks a district can do is to evaluate the data and build individualized safety improvement plans. Remember, training is expensive. If your district trains on evacuation instead of bullying, but bullying is a core cause of your incident and emergencies, then your limited resources will not have been optimally used.


Safety is a whole system, not a bunch of products sewn together to give the impression of safety. Safety platforms come in all shapes and sizes. CrisisGo has a comprehensive safety platform that you can learn more about at www.crisisgo.com. And if you would like to evaluate a variety of safety platforms, here is a vendor evaluation guide that you can use.


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Jim Spicuzza