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.