Roomsponder helps schools account for staff, students and visitors during recent situations

FOND DU LAC, WI – A lockdown at a Fond du Lac school on May 28th and a larger multi-school lockdown in December both utilized organized internal communication thanks to a new application called Roomsponder developed by BrownBoots Interactive Inc. The latest lockdown in Fond du Lac resulted in Roomsponder allowing for 100 percent accountability for all present in less than four minutes!

In collaboration with the Fond du Lac School District, BrownBoots Interactive Inc. developed a web-based application called Roomsponder that was launched district-wide in fall 2013. Since it’s launch, school district’s statewide have been taking notice. A partnership with CESA 6 will allow for webinars and bring Roomsponder to regional school districts. Roomsponder has been demonstrated from Illinois to Texas to California as well with national interest growing.

While there are an abundance of products aimed at schools for alerting police, such as panic buttons and locking systems, there was a void when it came to the capability of accounting for people during an incident. Making the tool quick and easy to use along with affordable were priorities in the development of Roomsponder.

According to Marian Sheridan, Fond du Lac School District Health, Safety, Attendance and Traffic Coordinator, “Roomsponder has significantly improved the ability for our incident command teams in school to be accountable for students, staff and visitors.”
In as few as three steps, a teacher can report where they are located, who is with them and if there are any medical issues. Access to the system also can be shared with first responders and medical staff to facilitate a quick response to a situation. Plus because it is web-based, it can accessed from anywhere.

“Schools across the country are calling a lockdown or shelter in place for a variety of reasons all too frequently, not only in an active shooter incident. In all situations, accounting for everyone involved quickly is crucial and Roomsponder makes that possible,” Sara Hathaway, president of Roomsponder LLC, said.

To learn more about Roomsponder and how it can help in your school, call Sara Hathaway at 920-251-2570, email or visit

About the Author:

Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones is a technology specialist in Virginia. A former French teacher, she currently supports technology integration in a middle school.