K-12 District Highlighted for Using InformaCast for School Safety


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This story originally appeared on Channel3000.com on Feb. 23, 2018.

Singlewire Software in Madison creates technology to keep schools across the country safe.

Singlewire Territory Manager Todd Howard said the platform, InformaCast, is an alert system that combines notifications across multiple devices, including phones, computers and public address systems.

“We can tie all that together and make sure those alerts get sent to every one of those devices, so that no matter what people are doing or where they are, they are going to hear, and in many cases see, that alert,” Howard said. “Nobody’s going to get missed with the ability to send these alerts across all of these various devices.”

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Howard said many school districts across the country use the technology, as well as local school districts including the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District.

Director of Communications Perry Hibner said the district has had the technology since 2008 and used it most effectively since 2012.

“We recognize that as much as it’s important to educate kids, the No. 1 priority is making sure your students and staff are safe,” Hibner said.

He said through one button on the phone system, officials can lock down a building and do public announcement messages at one school or all 10.

“Rather than having to maybe text or call each of our individual buildings, now we can notify all the buildings at once if something is going on,” Hibner said. “A good example might be yesterday (Thursday), as a matter of fact, there was a bank robbery near Sauk Trail Elementary School. So we could, with one button, lock off that entire building.”

He said the schools all have secured entrances, and certain parts can be locked down inside.

“At a school, you want to make sure that person can’t get into the building, but if they are in the building and something happens, they can’t get anywhere else in the building, as well,” Hibner said.

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More K-12 Resources

Singlewire Software is dedicated to providing schools and districts with the tools they need to keep students and staff safe. Middleton-Cross Plains is one of more than 80 Wisconsin K-12 InformaCast customers and more than 1,400 K-12 customers nationwide. These schools are using InformaCast emergency notification software for everything from school safety to daily bell automation and management.

We’ve put together several resources for K-12 schools to help them enhance their safety procedures, leverage existing technology investments and provide students and staff with a secure learning environment. Helpful K-12 resources include:

In addition, we offer several K-12 case studies so you can see first-hand how InformaCast is being leveraged at other schools. Our case study on Middleton-Cross Plains can be viewed below.


Contact us to learn more about how your school or district can begin leveraging emergency notification technology to assist with school safety measures.



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