SchoolGuard system will save lives, Suring officials say

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Times Herald Staff

The Suring Public School District, in partnership with the Village of Suring Police Department, announced the implementation of a new alert system in the school district called SchoolGuard.

Suring is the first school district in Oconto County to have this system. The SchoolGuard system allows school staff members to use an app on their phones to alert police and other staff members that a major incident is occurring in the school. Once the app button is pushed, the SchoolGuard system is activated.

The system automatically calls 911 and connects that staff member directly with a 911 dispatcher. It also notifies all other staff members that there is an incident occurring so they can take action.

Additionally, the system automatically sends text messages to all law enforcement officers in the area who have the Hero911 app installed on their phones. This means even off-duty officers will know of the incident immediately and can respond.

This system will save precious minutes in response time that can save many lives, according to the joint announcement by Superintendent Kelly Kasper, Principal Pamela Berg and Police Chief Phillip Christenson.