What do you do during a lockdown alert when students are outside a classroom?
Depending on the safety protocols the school/district has in place, students who are in the halls will generally be brought into the closest room.
During a recent lockdown event, several students found themselves outside of their classroom during an alert. Teachers used DIR-S to verify the locations of their students. (Names have been changed for privacy).
2:32: LOCKOUT alert initiated by Site Admin: Margret Houlihan. Location: Main Building - 1st Floor - Principal
2:33 (Teacher 1): My students are with Mr. Honeycut’s class, and I am in the conference room.
2:33 (Teacher 2): Sherman Potter should be in the office checking out.
2:33 (Teacher 3): My students are also with Mr. Honeycut’s class, and I am in the conference room with Mrs. Yamato
2:33 (School Secretary): John MacIntyre is with us in the office for his inhaler.
DIR-S provided the ability for teachers to stay informed of the location of all of their students through the duration of the lockdown alert.
As we wrap up National Safe Schools Week, we wanted to send out a huge thank you to all of our clients, and everyone who follows our web presence. School safety is such a large issue. There are always new stories in the news about incidents at schools. Thankfully, we have dedicated police and teachers who are vigilant and do everything they can to keep our schools safe. Here at Tresit Group, we are honored to have the opportunity to help out in the effort to keep kids safe while they are in school.
In a recent incident, a school was evacuated while students were between classes. DIR-S was able to notify all staff and account for missing students within four minutes.
At 9:17 a.m. this school sent out an evacuation alert because a teacher noticed mysterious steam coming from the kitchen. They quickly opened their DIR-S app and sent out the alert. Since students were in the halls when the school went into evacuation some teachers ended up having students missing from their class groups, and some had extra students.
This kind of situation brings with it a potential for serious confusion that can take hours to resolve. Thanks to DIR-S, and effective communication platform it provides, the entire situation was resolved in four minutes.
When an armed suspect entered a school this Fall, DIR-S did it’s job.
11:42 (Principal): Hall Check initiated
11:43 (District Administrator): Is this a drill?
11:43 (Principal): This is not a drill. Working with the School Resource Officer.
11:43 (Principal): Looking for a male 5'11" 180-pound grey pants/dark shirt on foot
11:45 (Police Department): Are you looking for a student?
11:45 (Principal): Not a student. We are coordinating with our SRO.
11:46 (Police Department): Do you need additional resources?
11:46 (Principal): Until the man is found, extra help would be great.
11:47 (SRO): Upstairs is cleared and locked.
11:48 (Dispatch): Law enforcement is looking for a domestic suspect who had armed himself. We have now located him.
11:48 (Dispatch): Male individual has been located and detained by outside the building by officers.
The quick communication made possible by DIR-S kept district officials, responders, and teachers safe and informed until the situation was resolved.
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.
A school this week was faced with this type of situation. They had a student seize in class and needed help immediately. Thankfully, this teacher understood DIR-S, and utilized it immediately when the student seized.
The following is the transcript of the chat history for this incident. You will notice, it is short, but says all that was needed.
The principal came immediately and notified the other necessary people on the way.
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.
“Is the fire confirmed?”
“Confirmed, fire in the school.”
“My student, John Doe, is unaccounted for.”
“I have John Doe.”
When the fire alarm went off, this school immediately relied on muscle memory based on previous training.
While a fire alarm is, by far, the most common type of drill that schools do, many teachers initially assume that it is a drill. During this incident last week in one of our schools secured by DIR-S (duress), the teachers stayed connected via DIR-S. Through the chat messages in DIR-S, all teachers were informed in real-time that this was really a fire in the school. The rooms closest in proximity to the fire were able to make better decisions and change their evacuation routes to avoid danger.
In addition to the fire, there was a missing student. While this teacher needed to ensure the safety of the rest of their students, they worried about the one missing. They posted on the “Report” tab in DIR-S the name of the missing student, and within two minutes, another teacher responded, saying that they had the student and were evacuating him with their students. Simple, concise communication makes all the difference with DIR-S.