ROSELLE—School security technology provider Virtual Ed Link will unveil New Jersey’s first interactive Safety and Security Management System (SSMS) for schools on Thursday, Sept. 24, in Roselle.
The web-based SSMS portal will enable school officials to alert parents of emergencies and other important events, such as school closings, via email, voicemail, text message, Blackberry PIN and other mobile device messages. The portal homepage will also host valuable educational tools for parents, such as an interactive swine flu prevention and safety course.
“The SSMS portal will provide the Roselle School District with an efficient system for communicating important safety information to parents,” said Virtual Ed Link President and CEO John Bay. “It will also act as an interactive resource for educating parents, students and teachers on vital public safety issues, such as bullying, hazing, school security and the H1N1 pandemic.”
The SSMS will be updated in real time, so school officials and public safety officials can alert parents of emergencies immediately. The SSMS will also be used to alert parents of school closings. School officials can even alert parents about road closings and traffic jams if they so choose. A physical security management section of the portal gives authorized security personnel the ability to view security cameras and control access to each school building.
The security portal’s educational resources are customizable. Training sessions on local safety issues, such as crossing a busy intersection on the way to school, can be easily developed. The training sessions contain video content and text, but also offer supporting resources such as a glossary of important terms, an outline of lesson objectives and safety tips.
“This new Safety and Security Management System brings us to the forefront of New Jersey in terms of school safety and communication,” said Roselle Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Elnardo J. Webster. “The school safety portal will provide us with an effective security management system and parents with peace of mind knowing their child is in a safe environment at school.”
Virtual Ed Link has installed SSMS portal at the Albany-based Northeastern Regional Information Center (NERIC). The NERIC will make that portal available to multiple schools in New York state. The Roselle portal will be the first of its kind in New Jersey.
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