School Safety: A Guest Post from Eastern DataComm

Jennifer Beltz

A concerning reality in recent years is that the need for services to help secure schools continues to grow. Indeed, Education Week recently reported that “following the return of most U.S. schoolchildren to full-time, in-person learning, a raft of anecdotal reports indicate that violence may be rising in K-12 schools.”

According to this daunting statistic from the Report on Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2020 published by the Institute of Education Sciences, 80 percent of public schools reported during the 2017-18 school year that “one or more incidents of violence, theft, or other crimes had taken place, amounting to 1.4 million incidents.”

At Eastern DataComm, our goal is to keep the schools we serve connected and protected. We firmly believe that when it comes to school safety, we are all in this together.

As we continue to collaborate with schools throughout the U.S., our conversations inevitably turn to lockdowns and how quickly and effectively school officials or staff can alert everyone on school property about what is going on, and about what steps to take. This is understandably a real problem for most schools that often struggle to find a reliable and comprehensive system – one that will work regardless of the severity of a school’s situation on any given day.

Response to crisis situations must be immediate, automatic, and reliable, and it needs to cover every area of school grounds – inside and out. That’s where we come in. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our patented LENS +OPTICS technology, featuring our Lockdown and Emergency Notification System and Continuous Monitoring Service, and to read related testimonials from satisfied education customers.

We can’t end all crises, but knowing your school’s safety technology is best prepared to handle the worst provides invaluable peace of mind. For further information, please contact Paul Jenne at (201) 457-3311 ext 131.

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