All Webster Parish Public Schools now implementing panic buttons

Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 3:35 PM CDT

WEBSTER PARISH, La. (KSLA) - Webster Parish Public Schools are working to make safety a priority.

They are currently trying to get resource officers stationed at every school. They are also implementing the RAVE app. This app works as a panic button that gives schools access to fast and direct communication to first responders in the event of an emergency.

“We’re moving towards procedures in Webster Parish where all of the schools will have one entry point and preferably one exit point and making sure all interior doors or lock,” said Superintendent Johnny Rowland.

The schools have been utilizing RAVE for at least three years, but is now available at all Webster public schools.

“It has three different buttons. You can mash ‘active assailant,’ ‘fire/medical,’ ‘police,’ or other 911. And if you mash it, it automatically calls the 911 center,” said Rowland.

School board leaders have set a meeting for Monday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. to discuss the safety measures with the public.

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