CCSD to give update on instant alert system in schools

(Las Vegas Review-Journal)

The Clark County School District has scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. Thursday to update the school community about an instant alert system that it has piloted at several schools.

In a news release, the district said the pilot program was part of its continued effort to review security at its schools.

After a teacher was violently assaulted at Eldorado High School in April, the district announced it would implement new protocols and safety measures, including panic buttons for teachers and staff to reach leadership and first responders from their location.

The executive director of the state’s largest teachers union said at the time that the panic button was requested by Eldorado staff directly following the attack.

A representative from CENTEGIX, the company that manufactures the badge-based CrisisAlert panic alarms, is expected be present at Thursday’s news conference. Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara, Board President Irene Cepeda and a representative from school police also are expected to speak at the news conference.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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