NZISD launches tech improvements

Posted 10/17/18

North Zulch ISD is prepared to go live with the Rave Panic Button application, which they believe will make their campus a safer place for their students and gives staff a better chance of combating an emergency.

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NZISD launches tech improvements

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North Zulch ISD is prepared to go live with the Rave Panic Button application, which they believe will make their campus a safer place for their students and gives staff a better chance of combating an emergency.

“We are going to have a live event with it where we do call 9-1-1 this week,” said NZISD Director of Technology Steve Stone during Thursday’s board meeting. “We will obviously let them know it is a test, but we just want to make sure everyone is getting the proper notifications and we understand the process.”

The Rave Panic Button application allows users to send rapid emergency notifications with just the push of a button. Any type of emergency scenario would be fair game. The specific buttons listed on the app are for fire, medical, active shooter and other.

NZISD is also looking to make the process easier for substitute teachers in their district with the addition of the Subzz phone application. The app will allow teachers to put in for leave right from their phones without any paperwork. Upon doing this, substitutes will receive notifications for the opening and signing up will be on a first come, first serve basis.

“Instead of getting called by us in the morning, the software will send out a text to our subs,” said Stone. “Then they can go to a web portal and sign up. It is whoever gets there first, so it will never appear as if we are giving one sub more work than another.”

NZISD trained their new subs on the application last week and is ready to incorporate it into their daily business as of Monday.

In other technological news, Stone and NZISD are currently in the process of installing new and improved speakers throughout the district in order to make it easier to communicate with the group as a whole.

The district will continue their theme of overall safety. NZISD Principals announced that they will be incorporating an upcoming fire prevention week as well as a school safety assembly and anti-bullying initiatives.

In other news, the board:

Approved board minutes of the September 13, 2018 regular meeting

Approved action on discipline alternative education program (DAEP) resolution agreement

Approved date to canvass the November 6, 2018 school board election returns

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