Alyssa's Law: How to Ensure Your School's Compliance

June 4, 2024
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Sadly, incidents of school violence are a harsh reality. According to a 2021 report by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a school-associated violent death occurred nearly every week during the 2019-2020 school year.  In response, a growing number of states have passed Alyssa's Law, mandating the installation of silent panic alert systems in all public elementary and secondary school buildings. These systems provide a direct link to law enforcement, enabling schools to rapidly alert police during emergencies.

This article will guide you through the essential components of Alyssa's Law. We'll cover what it is, state-specific requirements, and the steps you need to take to ensure your school is compliant.

Breaking Down Alyssa’s Law: All You Need To Know

What is Alyssa's Law? In essence, it mandates that public elementary and secondary school buildings must install silent panic alert systems capable of discretely notifying law enforcement of an on-campus emergency. Ideally, silent panic buttons should be located in easily accessible but discreet areas throughout the school, such as classrooms, offices, the cafeteria, and gyms. These systems must be designed to minimize response time, ensuring help arrives as quickly as possible.

Key Deadlines and Growing Adoption

More and more states are looking to pass Alyssa's Law due to the rising school safety concerns. Several states have already enacted it, including New Jersey (2019), Florida (2020), New York (2022), Texas (2023), and Tennessee (2023). Many other states, including Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Virginia, have active legislation under consideration. Additionally, Alyssa's Law has been introduced at the federal level, indicating the potential for broader requirements in the future. Even if your state doesn't have a formal Alyssa's Law, it likely has other school safety mandates that impact your panic alert system choices, such as requirements for emergency response plans, regular safety drills, and threat assessment protocols.

State-Specific Requirements

It's crucial to remember that while the core concept of Alyssa's Law is consistent, the exact implementation details vary from state to state. Each US state has its own requirements for this silent panic alarm system, but elements that have appeared in one or more laws include:

  • Silent panic button
  • Connection to multiple emergency services communications
  • Real-time communication between first responders & responding agencies
  • Integration with any pre-existing public safety answering point infrastructure

Always check the official resources within your state to understand the exact requirements.

Steps to Ensure Compliance

Before choosing a panic alert system, it's essential to comprehend your school's needs and existing security structure. Carry out a comprehensive audit of your security systems and infrastructure. This audit will help identify areas that need upgrades, such as installing panic buttons in more locations, or larger changes, like replacing an outdated system. These changes may be necessary to meet Alyssa's Law requirements and enhance the safety of students and faculty.

New System Requirements

If your school needs a new panic alert system, prioritize these essential features:

  • Direct Law Enforcement Connection: Ensure the system sends alerts immediately to emergency dispatch centers.
  • Mobile Accessibility: Choose a system accessible from staff smartphones or wearable panic buttons for flexibility.
  • Integration Capabilities: Look for solutions that seamlessly integrate with your existing security infrastructure, such as cameras and access control systems.

Beyond Basic Compliance: The Power of AI-powered Video Intelligence

While choosing a panic alert system that meets Alyssa's Law is important, consider next-generation solutions like VOLT AI. Its AI-powered video analytics proactively identifies potential threats (weapons, acts of aggression, trespassers, and more) in real-time. These immediate alerts give you a critical advantage, potentially stopping incidents before they escalate – a principle deeply aligned with the preventative spirit of Alyssa's Law.

Staff Training

Remember, technology alone isn't enough. To maximize the effectiveness of your panic alert system, ensure thorough training for all staff members.  This training should encompass several critical aspects:

  • System Operation: Provide clear instructions on how to activate the panic alert system in various scenarios (physical buttons, mobile apps). Emphasize the importance of speed and accuracy.
  • Response Protocols: Train staff on established emergency response procedures. What happens after an alert is sent? Clearly outline roles and responsibilities (lockdown, evacuation, and other emergency actions).
  • Regular Drills: Training shouldn't be a one-time event. Conduct regular drills simulating different scenarios, test system functionality, and identify areas for improvement.

By investing in comprehensive staff training, you empower your school to respond quickly and effectively in the event of an emergency, maximizing the benefits of your panic alert technology.

How VOLT AI Enhances Safety and Simplify Compliance

VOLT AI is not a replacement for the panic alert systems mandated by Alyssa's Law. Rather, it's a powerful tool that augments your ability to meet those requirements and proactively protect your students and staff.

VOLT AI can streamline several aspects of Alyssa's Law compliance:

  • Real-time alerts with location data: Pinpoint the exact location of a potential threat, enabling faster law enforcement response.
  • Simplified reporting: VOLT's analytics and incident logs may ease your Clery Act reporting obligations or any documentation required by your state's Alyssa's Law implementation.
  • Enhanced situational awareness: Integration of VOLT with access control and other systems offers greater visibility into developing situations.


Ensuring a safe learning environment is a non-negotiable priority. Alyssa's Law sets important standards, demanding schools to take action. Choosing the right panic alert systems, along with proactive AI-powered surveillance software like VOLT AI, is essential to secure your school buildings and territory. This investment is the difference between responding to tragedy and having the chance to avert it.

Discover how VOLT AI can help your school not only meet Alyssa's Law requirements, but improve your security strategy. Request a demo to learn more about how VOLT AI can empower you to stop incidents before they happen.


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