At its board meeting Tuesday night, LAUSD rolled out a new app aimed at streamlining communications and improving safety on campus.
The Los Angeles Times reports that one app is aimed at school staff in emergencies, and another app is aimed anonymously at students, staff, parents and other community members for non-emergency safety issues. explains.
The first app acts as a sort of internal 9-1-1. A school employee can report ongoing active perpetrators by holding the button on her for 3 seconds. Alert automatically detects your location and sends an alert to the head of the school police queue. This allows users to send texts about their status.
Students and others who wish to report an active emergency are encouraged to continue to call 9-1-1.
A second app, Los Angeles Schools Anonymous Reporting (LASAR), targets non-emergency situations such as bathroom e-cigarette use, graffiti, broken fences, and other potential threats. The app allows uploading videos and photos and includes location information.
“The ability for communities such as students and workers to automatically relay potential threats to students and schools in real-time, whether in an anonymous manner or not, is extremely important,” said one of LA’s schools. Supt said. Alberto Carvalho.
Board member Nick Melvoin expressed concern that school districts could deploy too many apps at once and cause confusion. At the same board meeting, the district also launched an app for parents who want to see how their students are progressing, and another app with general information about the district.