Dubuque schools considering deployment of panic button app

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque Community Schools leaders are proposing that staffers be equipped with a panic button app on their smartphones that could alert co-workers and 911 dispatchers to an emergency.

Mike Cyze is the district director of school and community relations, and he told school board members at a committee meeting Monday that time is of the essence in an emergency.

The Telegraph Herald reports that a $30,000-a-year contract for use of the app is expected to be considered at Monday’s school board meeting.

The app lets users press a button for the type of emergency such as an active intruder, a fire, a medical issue or an incident requiring police response. The app would call 911 and send an automatic alert to all relevant staff members.

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