Hillsborough Schools Unveils New Security System Empowering Teachers and Staff to Call for Help in an Emergency
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
Press Conference Today
Tampa, Fla. – (July 23, 2019) – Hillsborough County Public Schools is a state and national leader when it comes to safety on our school campuses. On Tuesday, July 23, at 11 a.m., our district will unveil a new security system that will empower every teacher and staff member on our campus to call for help in an emergency.
The new CENTEGIX CrisisAlert system will also ensure every student and staff member is notified of an emergency no matter where they are on campus, including classrooms, hallways, the cafeteria, athletic fields or in the parking lot.
Superintendent Jeff Eakins and School Board members, along with representatives from our two employee union groups – the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association and the Hillsborough School Employees Federation – and a representative from PTA will share details with the media about the new notification system. Please plan to attend at Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy, located at 3915 21st Avenue, Tampa.
Last spring, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission issued their findings after the tragic events of February 14, 2018. The commission reiterated their sense of urgency when it comes to reinforcing the structural and physical safety of school buildings.
Hillsborough Schools joins a growing list of notable districts implementing the cutting-edge CENTEGIX CrisisAlert system, including other national Top-20 districts. The system uses ID badges that can immediately trigger a school-wide lockdown with audio and visual notifications, and provide first responders with the location the alert was triggered.
Media representatives will be shown a live demonstration of what a teacher-initiated classroom lockdown would look like in the event of an emergency. School district leaders, as well as principals and students will be available for interviews.
“We are empowering our teachers and staff to be in control of safety in their classrooms and on our campuses. With the push of a button, we know which staff member has an emergency and where they are on campus. We can alert law enforcement quicker to respond to a situation. We want our students, our families and our staff to know, as they come back to school in just three weeks, we have continued to make their safety a top priority in this district,” said Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins.
Hillsborough Schools applied for and was awarded a grant through the state’s Safety and Security of School Buildings Grant. Our district was awarded funds in the amount of $7.6 million to pay for the crisis notification system.