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Commissioners discuss mandatory school safety app

Thursday, September 1, 2022 - A new addition to the Oklahoma school system was discussed during this week's Sequoyah County commissioners' meeting.

The Rave Panic Button, a new app designed to assist public schools in the event of an emergency, was explained by Sequoyah County 911 Director David Slaughter.

Slaughter said, "School employees are added to a database used by the app through their school email. Staff are then instructed to download the Rave Panic Button app on their phone. Once the app is installed, it displays five buttons, which include active assailant, fire, medical, police, and 911. If an issue were to arise, staff would only need to press a button to activate the app, which then would notify all school employees and emergency responders of the threat. "

In addition, the app provides an exact location, a layout of the school’s campus, and fire escape routes for all emergency responders to access. This will allow for a more efficient and quicker response time for emergency personnel.

Superintendent of Moffett Public School Lance Stuart, said, "I am excited about the app because our students' safety is and always has been our number one priority. I feel like any improvements or resources we can get in regards to the safety of our students is a positive step in assisting us to continually achieve this goal."

All 537 school districts in Oklahoma were required to have implemented the Rave Panic Button app by September 1.

Commissioners also approved the 2022/2023 DARE agreement between Sequoyah County Sheriff’s department and the following schools: Brushy, Liberty, Moffett, Central and Gans.

In new business there was discussion of monthly reports and approval of blanket purchase orders.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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