Schools function as a complex network of teachers, coaches, administrators, accountants, clerks, counselors, diagnosticians, nurses, cooks, security officers, librarians, computer technicians, janitors, bus drivers, and parent volunteers. The logistics are staggering. For any principal or college president, the biggest responsibility is the safety of the hundreds, if not thousands, of students. Maintaining proper communications among the staff and around the campus is the most proactive step an administrator can take to enhance safety, improve security, and increase overall productivity.
TodaysWirelessWorld.com recently reported on a school in Plano, Texas, that relies on digital wireless technology to keep its campus safe. The children were playing during recess one day when a teacher observed a suspicious man sitting in a parked vehicle. He appeared to be attempting to lure some of the children over to his car. The teacher, seeing what was happening, began to approach the car, and suddenly the man started his engine and drove off. More often than not, that would have been the end of things, but this teacher was carrying a two-way radio. She radioed the school office and had an administrative assistant call 911. Within minutes, authorities spotted the vehicle. Soon the driver was in police custody.
Ken Bangs, Director of Police, Security, and Student Safety for the Plano Independent School District, was quoted as saying, “He was caught before he got out of the neighborhood. Did we dodge a bullet? I believe we did. These radios make a ton of difference.”
Census data indicate they can make a difference for a lot of people. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 77 million children and adults are in enrolled in schools throughout the country.
BearCom has teamed with the top manufacturers in the wireless industry to offer schools the right communication products and solutions. Taking advantage of two-way radios provides students and staff with improved security and peace of mind.
School faculty depend on two-way radios when critical response communications are most important—on field trips when a member becomes separated from the group, when managing campus-wide security concerns, and at sporting events where large crowds can impact emergency response times.
With the proper communication plan in place, supported by the right technology, even the largest campus can feel connected, a little smaller, and much more manageable.