NAMPA-- Skyview High School is in the middle of a pilot program to enhance school safety. The program is first of its kind in the nation.
The school is utilizing technology that is currently being used in mental health hospitals.
After what happened in Newtown, Conn., two school employees at Skyview started talking about what they could do to make their school safer.
The technology does a handful of things, but the biggest uses for the school will be tracking teacher locations and notifying the school of an emergency in just four seconds.
Gone are the days of students and teacher just having to worry about homework and their next test. Safety is a big priority in this day and age.
We need to be prepared in order to protect the kids, said Nampa Police Officer Brad Ford.
Ford and school counselor Mandy Petty started talking about how they could make Skyview safer and came across badges made by a company called Ekahau.
The badge is linked to the schools WiFi, and allows administrators and even police dispatch to know where they are at all times.
So that if there is an incident here at the school and we need police to respond, the police department can pull this up, in real time, and do exactly where I'm at, said Ford.
But it does more than that.
If anyone pulls the badge and the lanyard apart - it triggers a message to put the school in lockdown - a message that's sent to every other badge in the school, as well as police dispatch.
In all honesty, I think that this device is hopefully going to change how we respond to active shooters, how we respond to critical incidences inside of the school, said Ford.
The badge has only been in use for two weeks and some say they can't imagine not having it.
It's a component that I think was missing from schools, just that immediate communication, said Petty.
The system costs between $20,000 and $30,000, and was paid for through a private donor.
The hope is to find money to eventually get it in other schools.
The money is out there, it's just a matter of what our kids lives are worth. Look at what we spend to protect our banks, our cars, our homes. When do we start protecting our kids and what is the dollar value to that? said Petty.
This system can and has already been used for medical emergencies in classrooms.
It can also be used to get help with a student that may be unruly.
On Monday, Skyview High School will conduct a practice lockdown to test response time and make sure everything works as it is planned.