Middleton Cross-Plains Uses Notification System for Lockdown



The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) is a large district located in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin. The district serves approximately 7,000 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The district includes 10 school facilities and three non-school facilities, and is geographically dispersed across eight municipalities, three law enforcement agencies, two fire department districts, and two EMS agencies.


Business Challenge:

As in many K-12 districts across the nation, MCPASD administrators and staff were increasingly concerned with having a way to protect their students in the event of an emergency. They needed a way to send a coordinated emergency mass notification within individual schools and across the district. However, they also had special challenges, because the district is within the jurisdiction of eight municipalities. This made it hard to coordinate with all of the different first response agencies in those municipalities. MCPASD also had day-to-day communication challenges. The old system for public address was outdated and not meeting their needs. They needed a way to quickly and easily coordinate their daily activities and respond to internal emergencies.



Singlewire’s InformaCast mass notification software allowed MCPASD to create a centralized, easy-to-use system for targeted communication. It allows MCPASD administrators and staff to lock down their schools, send an emergency notification to key staff when 911 is dialed, call for assistance from classrooms, send district-wide weather alerts, and provide extra protection for their receptionists. It also helps the district streamline their operations, schedule bells, and coordinate communication through advanced paging capabilities.


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