In the wake of a recent spike in violence in U.S. schools and an 80% violence expectancy rate out of 83,000 surveyed K-12 institutions, school administrators at public and private schools (K-12 through College) are understandably reevaluating their emergency response and emergency communications protocols. With 99% of educators reporting a safe, secure environment as their top priority, effective, reliable communications during critical incidents are a major concern.
When you need to contact a specific student on a campus, redirect a vehicle to a new location, or make sure your fleet is arriving on time, two-way radio technology gets the job done. Cell phone use by bus drivers violates the Federal Motor Safety Administration (FMSCA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) distracted driving laws that ban reaching, holding, or dialing a cell phone while operating a commercial motor vehicle.
Effective day-to-day communications on campus are an important practice for ensuring timely delivery of information when it is needed most. How educators communicate with one another throughout a normal school day can foreshadow how they will transmit information during the stressful time of a campus security incident. It is understandable that school administrators and educators expect their communications systems to be reliable, timely, and efficient no matter what the circumstances are.