From the Superintendent
West Irondequoit CSD update from Aaron Johnson
January 20, 2021
A quick update today regarding a new electronic system we are implementing this week called Lightspeed Alert. It helps our district detect early warning signs of potential threats and concerns related to self-harm, suicide, cyberbullying and school violence on district devices and network resources. When indicators are flagged, safety-specialist teams comprised of full-time employees with backgrounds in education, student safety, mental health and law enforcement conduct swift threat assessments and immediately call district officials for any threat identified as “imminent.” Lower-level threats are also identified and addressed by our staff. These round-the-clock notifications initiate our targeted response teams empowered to facilitate appropriate interventions and supports.
An example: A student or staff member uses their district-issued device to search for a questionable word or phrase.
You can watch a two-minute video on Lightspeed Alert at THIS LINK.
Please have a conversation with your child(ren) and explain Lightspeed Alert to them and why our district feels it’s an important safety enhancement. If you have questions about it, feel free to connect with Mr. Dan Fullerton, our Director of Technology, via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aaron R. Johnson, Ed. D
Superintendent of Schools