RAVE Press Conference

RAVE Press Conference


(upbeat music) – Thank you for coming out tonight. a special occasion for
us, we’re really excited. And, to let everybody
know, what we’re doing for safety for our children. While, our work primarily focuses on teaching and learning, we know that our children
cannot succeed unless, they feel safe in our schools. Therefore, our students
and staff, they continue to remain our primary
focus of what we’re doing in our schools. But seconds do matter. We drill and drill with
our staff and students to make sure they’re prepared for any critical issue that
may occur in our buildings. And our staff, they’re just outstanding from administrators to
teachers to support staff on making sure our kids are
safe even during the drill. But we believe we’re prepared, however, as I said earlier, seconds matter. We are also depending on
other things that occur, like, “How do I get to a phone?” “How do I get to notify information “that there is an emergency?” And so we’re really excited,
because we think understanding that seconds matter, that
we’re introducing today to everybody, the idea
of how do we make sure responders get into our
buildings immediately. You know, if a person has a
heart attack in the building, or a heart problem, seconds matter. If your child has a asthma
attack, in the building, seconds matter. If there’s a threat in the
building, seconds matter. When I was Superintendent in Delaware, we ventured out with
nobody else on our side, to look at the Rave app. And, when I was there, in
my first year I got a call, and not only did the county,
did our school system, have the Rave app, but the
state adopted the Rave app. Because they saw the
power that this app has. In second, in a second, in a
second, the Rave panic button, will clearly communicate
to the 911 center, the problems that are occurring. From the personnel or
the staff that have it. They no longer have to find a landline, they no longer have to find a
place where the phone works, because it will work
throughout the building on the WiFi system. They don’t have to worry
about, “What do I have to say?” Because once they hit
the button, on the point that they need, 911 will respond back, and our crisis teams will know
immediately what to occur. In the last year we made an
effort, we had great support from legislators, from
people with our budgets. We requested this as an unfunded
app, and there were a lot of things that we couldn’t get funded. With support of our district staff, Glen Pike and his efforts, we were able to get a federal grant. Let me tell you, there
are times when you can’t just ask for money, you have
to go find a way to do it. And so that’s what we did. And with the support of AT&T
and the Rave app people, we’ve been able to make
this day come true. And if you’ve known me from
the first day I was here, I talked about the Rave app. People said, “This man,
something’s wrong with him.” “What is this Rave app?” Well, you’re gonna get a
chance to see it today. And you’re going to say, “I know what he “was talking about. “I can see how important it was.” We took the advice of the task force. They said, “How do we make it safer?” And we’re making steps not only with this, but with other things, to
make our building safer, because that is a very
important thing for me. And for our staff, and for our community. I’m excited about the partnership we have with the Rave Panic Button team and AT&T. They’ve helped us to get this opportunity. And we’ll have this app to
this federal grant till 2022. It gives us time to prepare
for it, and convince the legislators of Virginia,
how important it is. And I said, “This is the
easiest sales pitch I will “ever make, once you see how it works.” I just can’t explain how
excited I am, about this. And so we have some
other people who’d like to say a few words. – Good afternoon. In any emergency, seconds do matter. Every emergency response
starts in the 911 scenario. No matter through a 911 call, a text to 911, or radio traffic from one of our field officers, out in the field. Receiving the call quickly,
and getting the resources en route to the incident,
as quickly as possible, is the 911 center’s main objective. With Rave Application,
there’ll be no delay in the 911 center receiving notification of an emergency in one of our schools. This instant notification
will save time and allow us to get the appropriate
resources on scene, quickly as possible, to mitigate any
emergency, and to save lives. Those seconds matter. We had an opportunity to see
the Rave Application during a drill this summer at the
Crestwood Elementary School. The drill involved the fire department, you know arriving on scene for
a separate reported incident. And then they were fired upon by a gunman. Even before the lieutenant
on the fire engine could notify dispatch on his radio, that shots had been fired,
the app was depressed and notification had already
come into the 911 center. That goes to show you how
quickly that application can notify us of an
emergency, and get resources on scene to make sure that we save lives. Immediate notification
is what it’s gonna take for us to get the resources you
need, get the children safe, to get the facilitators safe,
to be able to take action to save lives. Thank you. – Good Afternoon. On behalf of Colonel Katz and
Chesterfield County police, we’d like to applaud the schools, and Superintendent Daugherty,
for being forward thinking and innovative in bringing this technology to Chesterfield County. In law enforcement, throughout
the years going back to Columbine, Sandy Hook,
Tech, we have learned that the part that saves
lives is those seconds we save in knowing where to respond to. We’ve seen an evolution over time from conventional response to Columbine. To a direct response from
Tech and other events throughout time. But what saves lives is
the seconds that are saved, and being able to respond
directly to that threat. And this app, applies
that principle to it. So I applaud the schools and thank y’all for being innovative and
forward thinking in this. – So as you can see, there
are quite a few partners that make this happen. And we’ve taken a lot of time
to share the information, to get people onboard, to buy
into what we’re trying to do. And you’re thinking, well,
how hard it is to get people to think about children’s safety? Well, there are a lot
of products out there that people want to sell ya. And I’m telling them that
this was the one and it works. And then with the
demonstration this summer, was a powerful tool to see how fast this opportunity notifies. – Good afternoon, I’m excited to be here representing the Chesterfield
County School Board, current day, as well
as I have my colleagues that will be coming on the board for the next term of office. In 2018, the Chesterfield
County School Board created a school safety task force to evaluate current
protocols and best practices. In terms of looking at needs
of our school district, and determining what could help us to ensure the school division
is practicing, providing a safe, nurturing, supportive
learning environment. For not just our students,
but for our teachers, our administrators, and our employees. Prior to a time of tragic
school shooting in Florida, Midlothian representative
Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, former Virginia State Secretary
of Education and myself, as a gubernatorial appointee in 2013 to the governor’s school task force, were actively looking into the
creation of such a task force right here in Chesterfield County. Our task force was co-chaired
by Virginia Secretary of Public Safety, and Homeland
Security, Brian Moran, and former Virginia Secretary
of Education, Laura Fornash. Both of these key
individuals, live right here in Chesterfield County, as
well as they have children that attended schools here
in Chesterfield County. This task force examined critical issues surrounding education and
safety, with four main topics. First, the partnership between
Chesterfield County police and the school system, school
safety, school conduct, and school discipline. And then student support services. A little more than 12 months
ago, the task force reported its recommendations to the school board. I’m pleased that today in
the audience we have several people that dedicated a lot of time to being a member of this task force. I’m also pleased that
delegate Roxanne Robinson, who served on the task force and attended every one of our meetings, and who took our cause
downtown, to the state, was able to be with us today. And again, delegate Robinson,
we on the school board in Chesterfield County
really wants to thank you for the support that you
have given in making safety a priority for our citizens
and our children right here in the school system. Work Group Two, School Safety, which focused directly with
that school safety recommended the school division purchase an app, or a physical alarm
system that would alert administrators, law
enforcement, first responders, to a dangerous threat or
an emergency situation in one of our schools. The school board actually
included the Rave app on our list of unfunded
needs submitted last year to the county board of supervisors. While the app was not funded at that time, the school board and
I were so appreciative of the fact that our staff
continued to stay focused and committed to school safety. They worked to identify a grant that would help us implement
the potential life-saving app. As you have heard from the
others, seconds do matter. While we hope that our
principal never has to push that panic button, we
as a school board appreciate and respect the fact
that it is now available, if such a situation does
occur within our system. Seconds matter, and every second counts. We want to thank you for
joining us this afternoon. This is a big day in Chesterfield. We’ve already had one
group of principals trained and administrators trained,
and they’ll be going later in the evening for
another training session. You are welcome to stay for
our second training session this afternoon if you’d like to so do. Thank you for attending,
and thank you for supporting Chesterfield County schools. (upbeat music)

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