Case Study - GOAL Digital Academy and The Tomorrow Center

Benefit from Mobile Duress and Other Security Enhancements Through SARA

Opportunity

GOAL Digital Academy and the Tomorrow Center are two of Ohio’s leading community schools. The Tomorrow Center serves students with severe emotional disabilities in grades 3-12, so student behavior can be unpredictable. GOAL Digital Academy provides distance learning for grades K-12, meaning students are rarely on campus but equipment and critical records still must be secured. While each school has unique challenges, both need situational awareness to enhance safety and security.

“Both schools looked at their objectives, knew that they needed some creative solutions, and started looking for answers. We asked Status Solutions to recommend wireless technology to enhance security and safety.”
– Laura Chevenak, Teacher and Director of GOAL Digital Academy

Solution

Status Solutions recommended SARA to provide centralized monitoring, alerting and reporting through integration with legacy alarm and communication systems. SARA enhances safety at the Tomorrow Center by powering mobile duress with teachers carrying the pendants on chains around the neck or on belt clips. Pressing a button transmits an alert to the main office or to cell phones carried by emergency response personnel. The automated alerting engine uses wireless sensors to monitor doors and windows of certain rooms at the GOAL Academy where valuable equipment and important records are stored. The threat of unauthorized access is minimized, but if a threat does occur, alerts instantly go to the appropriate staff.

Results

  • Heightens teachers’ sense of safety through the use of mobile duress pendants to summon immediate help
  • Also alleviates sense of risk among students
  • Helps both students and teachers focus on the bigger picture -  education - because of greater peace of mind
  • Improves security through use of door and window sensors
  • Provides historical reports of alerts/triggering events