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Proposed bill would create panic button alert system for Oklahoma schools

Posted at 12:00 PM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-14 19:53:55-04

TULSA, OK (KJRH) — Senate Bill 267 would create a panic button alert system for schools across Oklahoma.

The system would connect a caller with emergency responders for a variety of emergencies, while also notifying administrators and the school district.

It would be used as a smartphone application, and could also be triggered by wireless and landline callers. Administrators would be able to pick and choose who can have and use the technology.

The bill also calls for the Oklahoma School Security Institute to provide a way for public schools to "geo-fence" the campus, letting local law enforcement know exactly where the emergency is. Schools would also provide floor plans to local emergency responders so they would have a full layout of the schools.

Teachers and school staff would also receive training about what constitutes an emergency and when the technology should be used, and go over how to handle emergencies on campus. The training also helps identify where improvements can be made to any emergency plans in place.

School districts across the state would decide on whether to use the system based on funding.

Read the proposed bill here.

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