Schools should be safe and healthy places to learn and teach, but are increasingly not due to violence. While this largely reflects a societal not school problem, wise school administrators are being alert, watchful, and proactive:
- Knowing visitors, staff, students, and teachers, and requiring badges or photo IDs.
- Monitoring doors and gates.
- Locking certain doors and gates to control access.
- Using security cameras.
- Using metal detectors.
- Having strict dress codes.
- Using drug-sniffing dogs.
- Requiring uniforms for students.
Among the more interesting steps to consider are:
- Doorbells that activate cameras, both video and still, so before persons are admitted to the building, they press the doorbell, are viewed on a video monitor, have their picture taken, then, if permitted, enter a vestibule.
- Visitor Management Systems that require vestibule entrants provide ID activating a quick background check before further admittance.
- Brightly-colored lanyards and special IDs to wear on campus.
- Video monitoring of hallways and other areas, and access to video from mobile devices.
- Compact two-way radios for coordinating a quick response, and connecting with emergency personnel.
- Two-way radios that enable principals to interrupt other transmissions to report missing students or other problems.
- Principals and others can use their smartphones to communicate with radio users.
Two-Way Radios Versus Cell Phones
Some educational facilities needing quick responses use two-way radios not cell phones for communication. Why?
Two-way radios enable instant communication, as there is no voice mail, and on average calls last several seconds not several minutes. Their use enables quick audio communication to a group of users at the push of a button.
Two-way radios have a longer battery life (more than 15 hours in some cases) than cell phones, are designed to withstand drops from several feet and will keep working after being dropped.
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