What are the best practices for schools in the coming school year for facing the threat of COVID-19? In the unprecedented times we find ourselves in, schools are faced with the task of resuming school operations all while keeping students are faculty safe.
To aid in this we have been working hard this summer to ensure that the Version 5 update on DIR-S will continue to be a benefit to schools. The details of this update will be expanded upon in a later post.
In addition to this, we will soon be launching a COVID-19 support page on our website where people can go to see what safety practices other schools will be implementing to keep their students and facility safe from the Coronavirus.
We are contacting schools and other DIR-S users gathering information that will be added to this resource page. When it is launched, that link will be shared on all of our social media pages so that schools can have a central resource and build on the ideas of others to ensure the maximum security and safety of their school.
Our hope is that between the features coming this year to DIR-S, and the COVID-19 resource page on our website that we will be able to play a part in keeping people safe. As has been stated in several previous posts, our focus here at Tresit Group is keeping people safe.
If you have any information you would like added to the resource page email firstname.lastname@example.org
From all of us,
Get Safe, Stay Safe.
We are taking a step back from case studies, DIR-S features, security articles, and our other usual blog topics today.
As the world continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic, and here in the US, we see numbers on the rise again, we are thinking about all of you. Here at Tresit Group, our entire focus is on the safety of everyone who uses DIR-S. Safety is why we exist, and it is what drives everything we do to grow and improve DIR-S.
When it all comes down to it DIR-S, as amazing as it is, is simply an app. In any kind of emergency, users revert to their organization’s safety protocols. When this is done effectively, the damage can be drastically reduced if not completely avoided.
So much of it comes down to having a mindset of doing the right thing and looking out for each other.
From all of us here at Tresit Group, please be careful, look out for one another, and follow the guidelines set by health experts.
Get safe. Stay Safe.
How do you keep panic down and everyone connected and safe? DIR-S has the answer for you. Read the following case study from a recent incident at a school that is secured by DIR-S to see how they were able to keep everyone connected, calm, and safe while dealing with the situation and getting responders to the school.
Names and locations changed for privacy.
2:30 p.m. EVACUATE alert initiated by Site Admin (Principal), Redmond Holt.
2:31 p.m. (Dispatch): Fire department is on the way.
2:32 p.m. (Principal): Teachers make sure and check in on DIR-S and update your location when you get to your assigned evacuation locations.
2:38 p.m. (Principal): Fire Department is on the scene and clearing the building. Everyone stands by for all clear to reenter the building.
Thankfully, the situation was resolved promptly, and teachers and students were able to resume normal operations shortly after.
In a school environment of hundreds of students and teachers in so many different rooms, it can be difficult to handle these types of situations. Because of DIR-S, this school was able to resolve the issue in a matter of minutes
As was mentioned in yesterday’s DIR-S Live seminar, the ASSISTANCE NEEDED alert is very versatile and can be used in a wide variety of situations schools can face on a daily basis.
The following case study shows one example of an ASSISTANCE NEEDED alert and an amazing teacher who was well versed in DIR-S.
9:56: (Teacher sent out an “ASSISTANCE NEEDED” DIR-S alert) “Help please, seizure in the room.”
9:57: (Principal) “I’m on my way!”
All schools now how important it is to invest in security measures to protect against disaster situations. In a recent article from WJLA News, it sites one of the nation’s leading experts on school safety, Dr. Amy Klinger. She says, “Schools are facing all hazards. They are not just facing one hazard.”
While every school has evacuation plans, lockdown procedures, and other great systems, not every situation requires the exact same procedures every time. No matter the situation, clear communication is crucial in keeping the situation under control.
Being faced with the task of keeping an entire classroom full of students under control, while taking care of a student in the middle of a grand mal seizure is a daunting task alone. Having to take the time to get on the phone and call the main office takes seconds that cannot be spared.
DIR-S allowed this teacher to instantly notify the right people, and they were on their way within a minute of the alert being sent out.