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Cobb County Schools Superintendent, Chris Ragsdale (right) AlertPoint will enable every school official to have their own alert device to instantaneously issue warnings to Cobb County emergency personnel.
Cobb County Schools Superintendent, Chris Ragsdale (right) AlertPoint will enable every school official to have their own alert device to instantaneously issue warnings to Cobb County emergency personnel.

Credit: JOHN SPINK / AJC

Credit: JOHN SPINK / AJC

AlertPoint is the new security system to be employed by the Cobb County School District, beginning this school year. It was discussed Aug. 9 by Superintendent Chris Ragsdale during the work session of the Cobb County Board of Education.

Ragsdale told the board “no other district” is using this security system that no longer relies only on two-way radios and intercom systems. AlertPoint already is in place at Bells Ferry Elementary School and Kennesaw Mountain High School.

Throughout the school district, every teacher and every staff member will be equipped with a device to give instantaneous notification to Cobb emergency personnel of an emergency situation — whether it’s an active shooter, a fight or a medical emergency.

Each device will notify where the sender is located on the school campus whether inside or outside - even which classroom or hallway or where outside. If the sender sends a “Code Red” alert, flashing lights, beeper alarms and an automated voice will warn the entire school: “Code Red - Total School Lockdown - Locks, Lights, Out of Sight.”

“There has never been a death of anyone who has been behind a locked door,” Ragsdale said. Every single school will receive new keys, Ragsdale said, and the system will operate even if the power goes out.

Video: youtu.be/q7Xs82Zx6cY.

Information: http://www.cobbk12.org/CentralOffice/PublicSafety