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What is Alyssa's Law?


Alyssa’s law is legislation to improve  response time of law enforcement during emergencies in public schools. It mandates that all public elementary and secondary schools are equipped with a silent panic button that directly alerts law enforcement. The law is named in honor of Alyssa Alhadeff, who was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. So far, New Jersey, New York and Florida have signed it into law, with more states in progress. Since each state adopted their own legislation, there are details that vary from one to the next. However, there are parts of the law that remain consistent from state-to-state. Contact us for assistance in being Alyssa's Law compliant. Or, if you'd like to learn about our 5 best practices for implementing Alyssa's Law, keeping scrolling or check out our video.


5 Best Practices for Implementing Alyssa's Law


1. Have Multiple Origination Points

Some states that have implemented Alyssa’s Law require only one silent panic button per school. This is a good start, but since there is no way to predict where trouble will arise, it’s better to have them in multiple locations. We suggest placing a panic button in every classroom. This could greatly decrease the time it takes to alert authorities in an emergency.

2. Be Seen, Not Heard

Alyssa's Law calls for silent panic alarms in order to minimize escalation of a stressful situation. What a silent alarm alone cannot do is alert on-site security personnel and staff when an emergency is in progress. Visual notification devices such as the VL520-F LED sign with integrated flashers placed in the main office can display a message to give the exact location of the panic button that was pushed. This information can be used to quickly deploy resources to that area, or to divert traffic from it. Valcom systems can also send pop-up messages directly to any computer attached to your school’s network. This can alert staff or faculty of an incident real-time, without the disruption of an audible alarm.  Additionally, consider implementing a system that can provide district-level visibility of emergency events, like Valcom VEMASS.

3. Provide Detailed Information

Some states mandate a direct two-way open phone conversation with authorities when a panic button is pushed. Others require a repeating, recorded message. Regardless of which your state requires, providing detailed information to authorities is critical to ensure that they can respond to the specific location where help is needed. Be sure that your alerting system can send caller ID, or even more granular information like classroom numbers to your designated authorities in an emergency event.


4. Send a Clear Message

If your state mandates a repeating, recorded message, we suggest using a text-to-speech engine to ensure that what authorities hear is a stressless voice in a very stressful situation. Text-to-speech messages are always consistent, and be modified much easier than re-recording a human voice.

5. Choose Experience

When it's time to implement Alyssa’s Law in your school, Valcom has a proven track record as we've helped over 45,000 schools  implement alerting and notifications solutions to keep students safe, informed and on schedule. Contact us directly to learn how we can help your school become Alyssa's Law compliant,

Alyssa's Law


To learn more about Alyssa's Law or where you state stands with implementing the law, please review the resources below.


Florida Chapter 2020-145

  • Requires mobile alert system
  • Per school, not per building or classroom

Virginia HB1125

  • Requires at least one button per building must be NFPA and UL listed
  • Public elementary & secondary 
  • Requires at least one button per building

Texas HB204 

  • Requires one button per classroom

New York S7132A