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It’s been exactly one year since an expelled student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and killed seventeen students and staff. As a team based out of the South Florida, we mourn and remember with our community.

Further still, as purveyors of school-focused identity based safety solutions, we are spurred to action in the wake of such tragedy.

This past year our families, educators, law makers, and businesses have rallied behind the need to make serious and calculated changes to schools’ approach to student safety. We’ve seen investment in new barriers, technologies, and methodologies to keep our students safe and keep danger away. Broward County, the district that oversees Stoneman Douglas High, has been implementing changes based on recommendations of an almost 500 page report investigating the failures of February 14th, 2018. Among the recommendations are clear Code Red policies, single points of entry, and better data on student population, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus.

ReaXium believes that identity, mobility, and visibility are key in the landscape of provisioning schools with “soft technology” safety tools. Last year, we wrote a paper and post that outlined some of the steps districts could take in improving security through identity based solutions.

In the last 12 months, we’ve taken strides to meet with those affected in our community. We’ve also made it a point to get with decision-makers and those in charge of bringing change. Through our work with the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and Broward Principals and Assistant Principals Association (BPAA), we are committed to aiding our peers and partners in this healing and rebuilding process.

A year later, we see the tide turning. Safety addressed first, means a secured education for our children tomorrow.

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Maria Sylvia Riquezes

Specialist @ Technology 4 Solutions & ReaXium

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