HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – A new state-of-the-art security system is coming to Northridge Local Schools when their new K-12 building opens in the fall.
This BluePoint Alert System is the first in the state, and will feature blue pull-alarms throughout the school that look like those traditional red fire pull alarms, but signify a different incident happening like an intruder in the building.
In the instance of an emergency, if one of the blue alarms is pulled by a teacher or student, it immediately notifies Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies, and alerts them to the location and nature of the emergency.
It will simultaneously send text messages to the teachers letting them know what’s happening.
It’s also integrated with the school’s cameras, so it shows in real time what is taking place.
The BluePoint Alert System also allows the Sheriff’s office to access the school’s camera feed, so they can better view access points and path of the intruder.
The school district’s safety and security director said the system’s design is state of the art and will help when mere seconds could mean life or death.
“If we have to do a barricade lock down such as that, staff and students will be able to do that immediately,“ said Jeff Lisath, Northridge Local Schools’ director of safety, security and student affairs. “Or they can get out of the building if at all possible, depending on where the threat is in relation to where they are.“
Lisath said parents and students would learn more about the new features when orientation happens, ahead of the building opening in the Fall.