In Case of Emergency

Waters, John K.
April 2007
T H E Journal;Apr2007, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p18
This article deals with the growing use of Web-based emergency communication systems in U.S. schools. In February 2007, the School World introduced Ed-Alert, a stand-alone version of the technology. It is an opt-in system that allows parents to sign up to receive e-mail and text messages. In the early part of 2007, a student at Merrill Middle School in Michigan told her parents that a man flashing what looked like a police badge had approached her and tried to search her backpack. When administrators learned of the incident, they alerted other parents in the district via a Web-based notification system from Honeywell International. The Wayne County district, which is composed of 33 schools and serves 19,400 students, implemented Instant Alert in 2005.


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