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New technology keeping your kids safe in Lee County schools

CAPORAL

New technology in Lee County’s public schools this year will help keep your children safe at the push of a button.

The district has installed panic alarms in all schools. The purpose? Faster response times in an emergency.

Each teacher and staff member carries an ID and when they click on it, an alarm is automatically triggered, triggering a series of announcements and on-screen messages informing staff of the exact location of the emergency. A teacher even has the option to send an alert directly to law enforcement.

“They notify our communications center so that our dispatchers can receive them immediately and forward them like any other emergency call,” said Cape Coral Police Chief Anthony Sizemore.

With more than 1,800 students expected in the halls of Cape Coral High School, technology couldn’t come at a better time.

“Sometimes seconds count when it comes to a medical situation or school safety,” said Chris Engelhart, principal of Cape High.

“I think it’s an easier opportunity for us to connect with the people we need instead of calling or emailing us,” said AJ Gurgal, a teacher at Cape High.

It comforts Adina Bridges, who will be sending her child to fifth grade at Hancock Creek Elementary School next week.

“I think it’s really fantastic that there will be other ways to get help faster because that’s always one of the fears we see,” she said.

The alarm system works without the need for a cellular connection, Wi-Fi or GPS. The cost of installing the system in all Lee County’s schools was $ 3.8 million.

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