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September 14, 2023


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Texas school adopts emergency response system for added student safety

Trinity Basin Preparatory (TBP), a K-12 grade free public charter school, has adopted SafeZone technology from CriticalArc for enhanced school safety.

SafeZone is a technology platform for safety, security, emergency management, and wellbeing support, with the school confirming the technology’s use is part of its commitment to the safety and wellbeing of students and staff.

The school, based in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, Texas, has over 6,700 students using 12 campuses.

SafeZone’s Command and Control functions aim to ensure a faster response, allowing more efficient coordination of the school’s 12 Safety Response teams, comprising school principals, medical, and security resource officers.

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A safer learning environment 

It is designed so that when a user activates the duress button on the SafeZone app, their identity and location are shared with the TBP Safety Department for a rapid coordinated response. The system allows two-way communications, as well as mass-communications and targeted-communications to specific groups as defined by location or responsibility.

In the control room and on first responder mobile handsets, SafeZone is said to show the locations and identities of any users calling for assistance and maps the locations of all responders, speeding up team actions and making coordination more effective.

“SafeZone resonates with TBP’s unwavering commitment to the wellbeing of our school community,” said Delerick McNeil, Head of Safety and Security at Trinity Basin Preparatory.

“Our students, teachers, staff, and visitors can now rest assured, knowing that help is just a touch away, anytime, and anywhere. This partnership with CriticalArc reinforces our dedication to nurturing a safe, secure, and innovative learning environment.”

The decision to implement the technology was the result of extensive research and evaluation of various safety technologies in the market, according to CriticalArc. TBP said it was ‘impressed’ by SafeZone’s track record of success at numerous educational institutions in Texas and across the U.S.

“We are delighted to be supporting Trinity Basin Preparatory with the introduction of SafeZone as part of its wider safety strategy,” said Glenn Farrant, CEO and Founder at CriticalArc “By ensuring the most efficient response to emergency situations, Trinity Basin Preparatory is creating a safer learning environment for all.”


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