A student had a seizure in the hall just moments before school got out, see how DIR-S help avoid a tough situation from getting worse.
An administrator at one of our school recounted the incident. His school has had DIR-S for several years, and his staff is well versed in how it works, and how much of a benefit it can be overall. He recounted to us, an incident that occurred this week in his school.
In this incident, there was a student in the school who had a seizure in the hall. Luckily, there was a teacher nearby who promptly called 911. When she got on the phone with 911, they were able to talk her through what she needed to do to help the student who was having a seizure.
While seizures are traumatic to watch, they are infinitely more traumatic for the person seizing, and coming out of a seizure to find hundreds of students in the halls around them would only add to their distress and confusion. This is exactly the situation this teacher knew she would soon be facing because the bell was about to ring for the end of school, and the halls around her would be flooded with students.
She quickly evaluated the situation and opened up DIR-S on her smartphone, and with a touch of a button, she was able to notify all of the teachers in the school to keep their students in their rooms until the situation in the halls was taken care of.
Because the teacher acted so promptly, and the dispatch office was well versed in their use of DIR-S, an already stressful situation was handled in a much more orderly and effective manner than had previously been possible.
This is yet another great example of a proactive teacher using all her available resources, and not relying solely on one.