Chardon Trains to Use Safety Technology

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CHARDON, Ohio -- Chardon Local Schools staff was being trained Thursday to use a new safety tool.

Radios will allow staff inside the schools to communicate directly with first responders in the event of an emergency.

The system also lets schools communicate with each other.

The district partnered with Motorola Solutions, Inc. to implement the SchoolSAFE Solution.

Chardon is a pilot district for the program, so the district will not have to pay for the technology.

“School districts continue to identify methods that can improve the flow of information between first responders and on-site school personnel in case of an emergency. The Chardon Local Schools are pleased to have been selected by Motorola Solutions and SchoolSAFE for the implementation of this program, and appreciate the strong relationship we have with our local government officials and first responders," said Michael Hanlon, superintendent of Chardon Local Schools. "This positive working relationship and the addition of the newly-developed SchoolSAFE technology will enhance our ability to offer a safe and secure school environment within the Chardon Schools.”

A total of 250 radios equipped with the SchoolSAFE Solution were given to personnel at 10 Chardon area schools.

The district and community continues to heal since February 2012 when a student opened fire inside Chardon High School, killing three classmates and wounding two others.  A sixth student was grazed with a bullet.

The SchoolSAFE Solution technology was not available at that time.

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