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Lightspeed Systems Relay Prevents Student Harm in Nye County School District

May 31, 2018

New case study reveals how Lightspeed’s device filtering/monitoring solution helped Nevada school district identify students at risk of suicide.

AUSTIN, TX.Nye County School District in Nye County, Nevada, used Lightspeed Systems’ device filtering/monitoring solution, Relay, to identify two students considering suicide. Nye County School District Director of Technology Robert Williams shared this anecdote and other details in a new case study, “Lightspeed Systems Relay Keeps Nye School District Safe and Secure.”

There are more devices in K-12 schools today than ever before, but IT departments need to maintain control of those devices to keep students safe and focused on learning. The cloud-based, multi-OS Relay eliminates the need for multiple systems to filter, monitor and manage school devices with features for granular user activity reporting; content filtering, including SSL sites, with flexible policies; real-time suspicious activity alerts; and geolocation for lost and stolen devices. And all these tools are available in a single, streamlined UI.

Shortly after implementing Relay, Nye County School District Director of Technology Robert Williams used the software to pinpoint students in trouble. “Within the first week, we identified two students in one of the schools that were researching a suicide hotline,” Williams said. Using information surfaced by Relay’s Flagged Terms feature, Williams passed the news along to the school’s principal, who intervened to help both students, potentially saving their lives.

Relay made headlines last February when Lightspeed announced the release of Threat Check, a Relay feature that provides schools with information that can help identify high-risk behaviors and prevent school violence, self-harm, bullying, and more. School personnel can flag high-risk students and input offline activity such as violence, threatening speech, or bringing a weapon to school. This synthesized insight gives schools a more holistic picture of potential threats, as well as indicators of when high-risk students are escalating toward violence.

“Time and time again, we hear from school IT departments that have used our software to identify student safety threats, allowing them to intervene and prevent crises,” Lightspeed Systems President and CEO Brian Thomas said. “It’s stories like Nye County’s that show how powerful Relay is — not simply as a content filter, but also as a tool to make schools and students safer.”

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems Relay, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com/relay. To read the case study, visit https://bit.ly/2L5hyYm.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Relay, Web Filter, Mobile Manager, and Classroom. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.