The DeKalb County School District is using new technology to improve safety in schools throughout the district, according to officials.
On Aug. 3, a crowd gathered at Columbia High School in Decatur to watch Bradley Gober, executive director of Public Safety for the DeKalb County School District (DCSD), and other resource officers demonstrate the new technology recently installed for the 2023-24 school year.
One new enhancement is the CENTEGIX CrisisAlert system, which is now installed at all DCSD schools, according to officials.
“With CENTEGIX CrisisAlert, staff and security personnel can quickly request help and activate emergency procedures anywhere on campus,” stated officials. “This enables fast response and resolution to any potential threats.”
Using a keycard-like device worn by all staff, the emergency management system responds to different taps – for example, three taps on the keycard could trigger resource officers and alert them to a fight in a classroom.
The system will be used for staff to report medical emergencies, threats to safety and other crisis situations, stated officials.