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PHS plans to roll out new CrisisGo app to teachers

Administration preparing for back to school Aug. 15

Andy Berlinski
Principal, Princeton High School
Andy Berlinski Principal, Princeton High School

PRINCETON — The first day back to school is fast approaching. In Princeton, class is back in session Thursday, Aug. 15, and school administrators are already in full-preparation mode for the start of the new year.

During Princeton High School’s board meeting Wednesday, Principal Andy Berlinski announced registration for sophomores, juniors and seniors will be held Monday, Aug. 12. Year One Day for incoming freshmen will be held Tuesday, Aug. 13.

PHS teachers will attend an institute day for various training the day before school starts. Berlinski said one of the sessions will involve ALICE training where teachers will become more prepared for an active-shooter situation.

The district’s new CrisisGo security app, which Berlinski introduced to the board last month, will also be rolled out for teachers.

CrisisGo can be downloaded on electronic devices such as phones and iPads. With a click of a button, it has the ability to override the “silence” or “do not disturb” mode on a device in order to alert teachers and staff of a threat in the building.

Berlinski explained how this application will be especially beneficial in times when the P.E. class is outside and not able to hear an activated alarm over the school intercom.

The application will also have the ability to send messages between staff to report certain things to administration who could alert the issue throughout the school.

It will also be able to download class rosters so teachers can keep track of students during an evacuation. Contact numbers of students’ parents will also be readily available in the application.

“This is something that’s a couple years in the making,” Berlinski said. “We wanted to train staff first on better procedures for emergency situations and then wanted to improve communication skills. This app does that.”

Superintendent Kirk Haring said the administration spent six to eight months researching and investigating CrisisGo to ensure it would serve all the needs for PHS.

“I think it’s a tremendous program. It’s a tremendous resource we have available for our staff, but more importantly, to protect our students,” he said.

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