What is Alyssa’s Law in NJ?

If your school is based out of the state of New Jersey, it is important that your facilities follow all the protocols that comply with Alyssa’s Law. Some may ask though, what is Alyssa’s Law? Also, what are the requirements of Alyssa’s Law? Read on further to see more in detail what this New Jersey law entails, what is required of you as a New Jersey school district, and how IPVideo and HALO can help you fulfill these requirements.

When Did Alyssa’s Law Take Place?

According to the State of New Jersey, Alyssa’s law was signed into effect on February 6th, 2019 by Governor Phil Murphy. Alyssa’s Law requires that all New Jersey public schools install silent panic alarms that will alert law enforcement during emergencies such as an active shooter, or to employ an alternative emergency mechanism approved by the Department of Education. The law is in memory of Alyssa Alhadeff, originally of Woodcliff Lake, NJ, who was among 17 people that were killed in the Parkland, FL shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

What Are The Requirements of Alyssa’s Law?

According to the State of New Jersey’s Schools Development Authority, Alyssa’s Law defines a panic alarm as a silent security system signal generated by the manual activation of a device intended to signal a life-threatening or emergency situation requiring a response from law enforcement. Each public elementary and secondary school building in New Jersey must be equipped with at least one panic alarm that is directly linked to local law enforcement authorities. The law requires that the panic alarm adheres to nationally recognized standards, such as from the National Fire Protection Association, and be installed by an authorized provider.

What Products Can Be Utilized With Alyssa’s Law-Compliant Panic Buttons?

When paired with panic buttons for emergency notifications, IPVideo Corporation’s HALO Smart Sensors are a great addition to school safety. Many schools have already implemented HALO into their school buildings for vape detection and air quality monitoring, as seen in previous news castings. HALO smart sensors have gunshot detection built into the device, as well as other abnormal sound detection such as spoken key word alerting, shouting, or other sounds of a violent nature. Schools that utilize HALO get real-time alerts when an abnormality is detected and can connect to your security systems. From there, school administrators can utilize panic buttons to alert local authorities of a potential emergency and have the exact location of where the shooting happened based on the HALO detection.  HALO also allows for surveillance within privacy areas such as bathrooms, locker rooms, or classrooms, where cameras are traditionally not allowed. These smart sensors are not only gunshot detectors, but also act as vape detectors, THC detectors, smoke detectors, and temperature detectors to name a few things the HALO detects. When paired with Alyssa’s Law compliant panic buttons, your school building will keep your students and staff safer in the event of an emergency. For more information on HALO Smart Sensors for your school district or school building, contact us today. We look forward to assisting you.

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