For the 2020/2021 school year, no state funding will be provided to public school districts specifically to purchase a panic button alert system. The current contract between the State of Arkansas and Rave Wireless will end June 30, 2020. Public school districts are not required to purchase a panic button alert system but may choose to do so using allowable state and local funds. In an effort to assist school districts in selecting a quality system should it choose to purchase a panic button alert system, the State has identified the following as qualified vendors for a K-12 Emergency Alert Mobile Application System:
CutCom Software, Inc.
Contact information for each of the vendors, as well as important information regarding the responsibilities of school districts, is included on the attached Memorandum. By choosing to purchase a panic button alert system from a Qualified Vendor, a school district does not have to use the bidding process before entering into a contract with the vendor. If you have questions about system capabilities, features, or pricing, you must contact each vendor directly. It is also vital that you communicate with city, county, and local emergency management and first responder agencies regarding any specific local requirements, system compatibility, and the impact on response times. You may also contact the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management at (501) 683-6700 with questions.
For emergency management information only, please indicate whether your school district intends to purchase a panic button alert system by completing this survey, no later than March 20, 2020.