Genevieve Bookwalter reports:
Lake Forest teachers soon will have a cell phone app that operates like a panic button, letting them alert police and administrators and track students in case of a school shooting or other emergency.
At a school board meeting Monday night, members of the District 67 board of education, which governs Lake Forest’s elementary schools, unanimously approved buying CrisisGo, based in Marion, Ill., for teachers and administrators to use in crises. Along with notifying authorities, the app also would hold a copy of schools’ emergency response manuals.
“It’s really the next best practice in school safety,” said Lauren Fagel, assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction, technology and assessment for districts 67 and 115. District 115 governs Lake Forest High School.
But before approving the purchase, district leaders did voice concerns about students’ privacy. In the end, they felt increased safety was worth the trade-off.
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